(As Introduced by the Author)
"The personages of this tale are really of the author's own making, or at all events, of his own mixing."
|Matthew Maule.||"Though an obscure man, was stubborn|
in the defence of what he considered his
|Judge Pyncheon.||"Was characterized by an iron energy of|
purpose. A stern and relentless man, with
the genuine character of an inquisitor."
|Hepzibah Pyncheon.||"A gaunt, sallow, rusty-jointed maiden,|
in a long-waisted silk gown, and with a
strange horror of a turban on her head.
Her visage is not even ugly. It is redeemed
from insignificance only by the contrac-
tion of her eye-brows into a near-sighted
scowl." "But her heart never frowned."
|Clifford Pyncheon.||"Alas, poor Clifford! You are old, and|
worn with troubles that ought never to
have befallen you. You are partly crazy
and partly imbecile: a ruin, a failure as
almost everybody is."
|Phœbe Pyncheon.||"She was very pretty: as graceful as a|
bird: as pleasant about the house as a
gleam of sunshine, -- whatever she did,
was done without conscious effort, and
with frequent outbreaks of song. This
natural tunefulness made Phœbe seem
like a bird in a shadowy tree, -- it was a New England trait, -- the stern old stuff
of Puritanism with a gold thread in the