The Blithedale romance
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The Blithedale romance

By Nathaniel Hawthorne
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The evening before my departure for Blithedale, I was returning to my bachelor apartments, after attending the wonderful exhibition of the Veiled Lady, when an elderly man of rather shabby appearance met me in an obscure part of the street. "Mr. Coverdale," said he softly, "can I speak with you a moment?" As I have casually alluded to the Veiled Lady, it may not be amiss to mention, for the benefit of such of my readers as are unacquainted with her now forgotten celebrity, that she was a phenomenon in the mesmeric line; one of the earliest that had indicated the birth of a new science, or the revival of an old humbug. Since those times her sisterhood have grown too numerous to attract much individual notice; nor, in fact, has any one of them come before the public under such skilfully contrived circumstances of stage effect as those which at once mystified and illuminated the remarkable performances of the lady in question. Nowadays, in the management of his "subject," "clairvoyant," or "medium," the exhibitor affects the simplicity and openness of scientific experiment;

Table of Contents
  • The Blithedale Romance
  • by
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Table of Contents
    • I. OLD MOODIE
    • II. BLITHEDALE
    • III. A KNOT OF DREAMERS
    • IV. THE SUPPER-TABLE
    • V. UNTIL BEDTIME
    • VI. COVERDALE'S SICK-CHAMBER
    • VII. THE CONVALESCENT
    • VIII. A MODERN ARCADIA
    • IX. HOLLINGSWORTH, ZENOBIA, PRISCILLA
    • X. A VISITOR FROM TOWN
    • XI. THE WOOD-PATH
    • XII. COVERDALE'S HERMITAGE
    • XIII. ZENOBIA'S LEGEND
      • THE SILVERY VEIL
    • XIV. ELIOT'S PULPIT
    • XV. A CRISIS
    • XVI. LEAVE-TAKINGS
    • XVII. THE HOTEL
    • XVIII. THE BOARDING-HOUSE
    • XIX. ZENOBIA'S DRAWING-ROOM
    • XX. THEY VANISH
    • XXI. AN OLD ACQUAINTANCE
    • XXII. FAUNTLEROY
    • XXIII. A VILLAGE HALL
    • XXIV. THE MASQUERADERS
    • XXV. THE THREE TOGETHER
    • XXVI. ZENOBIA AND COVERDALE
    • XXVII. MIDNIGHT
    • XXVIII. BLITHEDALE PASTURE
    • XXIX. MILES COVERDALE'S CONFESSION
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