Hawthorne in Salem Search Hawthorne in Salem





Facebook Page
[Home]  

An excerpt that implies that Alice's ghost is free

An excerpt from Chapter 21, “The Departure,” that implies that Alice's ghost is free to leave the house, just as the living Pyncheons can escape their imprisonment

Maule's well, all this time, though left in solitude, was throwing up a succession of kaleidoscopic pictures, in which a gifted eye might have seen foreshadowed the coming fortunes of Hepzibah and Clifford, and the descendant of the legendary wizard, and the village-maiden, over whom he had thrown Love's web of sorcery. The Pyncheon-elm, moreover, with what foliage the September gale had spared to it, whispered unintelligible prophecies. And wise Uncle Venner, passing slowly from the ruinous porch, seemed to hear a strain of music, and fancied that sweet Alice Pyncheon--after witnessing these deeds, this by-gone woe and this present happiness, of her kindred mortals--had given one farewell touch of a spirit's joy upon her harpsichord, as she floated heavenward from the HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES!  (Chapter 21)


Page citation: http://www.hawthorneinsalem.org/page/11595/


About US Privacy Policy Copyright Credits Site Map Site Help