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The Gentle Boy

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The boy had bushed his wailing at once, and turned his face upward to the stranger. It was a pale, bright-eyed countenance, certainly not more than six years old, but sorrow, fear, and want, had destroyed much of its infantile expression. The Puritan, seeing the boy's frightened gaze, and feeling that he trembled under his hand, endeavored to reassure him.
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Bill  Kerwin

This early tale of Hawthorne's (first published in The Token, 1832) was deemed by Longfellow “the finest thing he ever wrote.” I do not share Longfellow's opinion, for this long short story is too diffuse, too sentimental to rank with Hawthorne's best work. Nevertheless, the tale has undeniable power. There are ironies here to balance the sentimentality, and the story embodies classic Hawthornean themes.

It is set in 1656, during Puritan persecution of the Quakers. Tobias, a kindly Puritan who fi
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Over de wrede vervolging van Quakers door de Puriteinen in Boston en het einde ervan, gegoten in een mooi verhaal.
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Nathaniel Hawthorne was a 19th century American novelist and short story writer. He is seen as a key figure in the development of American literature for his tales of the nation's colonial history.

Shortly after graduating from Bowdoin College, Hathorne changed his name to Hawthorne. Hawthorne anonymously published his first work, a novel titled Fanshawe, in 1828. In 1837, he published Twice-Told T
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