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In Chapter 1 "The Prison-Door,"

In Chapter 1 "The Prison-Door," Hawthorne mentions the rose bush outside the prison that will survive many years after the fall of huge pines and oaks that dwarf it. Although this excerpt does not directly mention Indians, it indirectly refers to one of Hawthorne's much used themes of the disappearance of the primordial forest as well as the noble savage that inhabited the forest. He laments that both become extinct

This rose-bush, by a strange chance, has been kept alive in history; but whether it had merely survived out of the stern old wilderness, so long after the fall of the gigantic pines and oaks that originally overshadowed it,--or whether, as there is fair authority for believing, it had sprung up under the footsteps of the sainted Ann Hutchinson, as she entered the prison-door,--we shall not take upon us to determine.



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