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Excerpt from his lecture "Illustrations of The House of the Seven Gables: A Help or a Hindrance?" in which John Idol comments that illustrators' interpretations of Phoebe's character tend to emphasize the "sunny" aspects of her character

"In minutely detailed paintings in color and in woodcuts done in black and white, [Helen Mason Grose] presented a prettified, sentimental, and energized set of illustrations. Her characters interact, especially in the paintings, and she showed a knack for choosing dramatic scenes where reader interest in most intense, for example, when Judge Pyncheon attempts to kiss Phoebe. Grose depicts her drawing back just as Judge leans towards her, his lips in full pucker. Hepzibah's consternation upon seeing Ned Higgins enter her cent-shop is vividly captured."

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