Friday, May 12, 2023

the last book I ever read (The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne, excerpt ten)

from The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Do you write for the magazines?” inquired Phoebe.

“Is it possible you did not know it?” cried Holgrave.—“ Well; such is literary fame! Yes, Miss Phoebe Pyncheon, among the multitude of my marvellous gifts, I have that of writing stories; and my name has figured, I can assure you, on the covers of Graham and Godey, making as respectable an appearance, for aught I could see, as any of the canonized bead-roll with which it was associated. In the humorous line, I am thought to have a very pretty way with me; and as for pathos, I am as provocative of tears as an onion! But shall I read you my story?”

“Yes; if it is not very long,” said Phoebe—and added, laughingly—“ nor very dull!”

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