By Eugene Hudson Long, R. G. Collmer
Covers a various diversity of pursuits in American literature.
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14 Stewart, Nathaniel Hawthorne, p. 262. Johnson's own views on repentance are complex. See his Rambler No. 110 and Sermon II. See also Maurice J. Quinlan, Samuel Johnson: A Layman's Religion (Madison: Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 1964), pp. 6684. Page 12 account of some fundamental error in his early life," Dimmesdale, "at this moment, on the very proudest eminence of superiority" must "stand upon the spot where, seven years since, I should have stood'' and reveal his sin (I, 249, 254). Only then can there be expiation.
See also Maurice J. Quinlan, Samuel Johnson: A Layman's Religion (Madison: Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 1964), pp. 6684. Page 12 account of some fundamental error in his early life," Dimmesdale, "at this moment, on the very proudest eminence of superiority" must "stand upon the spot where, seven years since, I should have stood'' and reveal his sin (I, 249, 254). Only then can there be expiation. Hawthorne further emphasizes the importance of place in guilt and its expiation when he has Hester remain in the community that has condemned her.
Then Reuben's heart was stricken, and the tears gushed out like water from a rock. The vow that the wounded youth had made, the blighted man had come to redeem. His sin was expiated, the curse was gone from him; and, in the hour, when he had shed blood dearer to him than his own, a prayer, the first for years, went up to Heaven from the lips of Reuben Bourne. 16 The final scene of expiation foreshadows Hawthorne's account of Johnson's penance. Johnson returns to "the very spot" where his father's bookstall had stood and sometimes "raised his furrowed brow to heaven, as if in prayer; sometimes he bent his head, as if an insupportable weight of sorrow were upon him'' (VI, 247).