Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Character (3)

The bold-face print is an interpretation of the quote that follows.

Character (3)
Character 741 A one-idea person. "Here was the abolitionist, brandishing his one idea like an iron flail." Hawthorne: “The Hall of Fantasy”

Character 767 One idea tyrannizes his mind. "Until now, he had not been aware of the tyrannizing influence acquired by one idea over his mind." Hawthorne: “The Birth Mark”

Character 788 He never looked at anyone directly. "…he had an evasive eye, which, in the course of a dozen years, had looked no mortal directly in the face." Hawthorne: “Egotism; or, the Bosom-Serpent”

Character 803 There are people who seem to raise the spirits of those around them although they never accomplish good deeds themselves. "Men who have spent their lives in generous and holy contemplation for the human race; those who, by a certain heavenliness of spirit, have purified the atmosphere around them, and thus supplied a medium in which good and high things may be projected and performed—give to these a lofty place among the benefactors of mankind, although no deed, such as the world calls deeds, may be recorded of them." Hawthorne: “The Procession of Life”

Character 827 People who are graceful should die young and never grow old with care. "Persons who can only be graceful and ornamental—who can give the world nothing but flowers—should die young and never be seen with gray hair and wrinkles…." Hawthorne: “Buds and Bird-Voices”

Character 834 People who want to enjoy the world but never want to do the labor that enjoying the world requires. "Daffydowndilly was so called because in his nature he resembled a flower, and loved to do only what was beautiful and agreeable, and took no delight in labor of any kind." Hawthorne: “Little Daffydowndilly

Character 851 A man not able to conquer his despondency. "…a man of soft and gentle character, who had not energy to struggle against the heavy despondency to which his temperament rendered him liable." Hawthorne: “The Christmas Banquet”

Character 852 A person who had a message to deliver to the world, but found no listeners. "…a man naturally earnest and impassioned…felt the consciousness of a high message to the world, but, essaying to deliver it, had found either no voice or form of speech, or else no ears to listen…his whole life was a bitter questioning of himself." Hawthorne:” The Christmas Banquet”

Character 863 A person who needs no companionship as he goes through life. . "…old Gervayse Hastings, unscathed by grief—alone, but needing no companionship—continued his steady walk through life…." Hawthorne:” The Christmas Banquet”

Character 864 A person who has lost all sense of what his political party stands for. "…a gentleman in a predicament hitherto unprecedented…this person had prided himself on his consistent adherence to one political party, but, in the confusion of these latter days, had got bewildered, and knew not whereabouts his party was…wretched condition, so morally desolate and disheartening to a man who has long accustomed himself to merge his individuality in the mass of a great body….." Hawthorne:” The Christmas Banquet”

Character 874 A person who cannot find his intended place in the world; he is probably buried in the wrong grave, too. "I want my. place!—my own place!—my true place in the world!—my proper sphere!—my thing to do, which nature intended me to perform when she fashioned me thus awry, and which I have vainly sought, all my lifetime…if he died of the disappointment, he was probably buried in the wrong tomb…." Hawthorne:” The Intelligence Office”

Character 920 A person who saw only what he saw, but never the unseen. "Owen never met this man without a shrinking of the heart…of all the world, he was most terrible, by reason of a keen understanding, which saw so distinctly what it did see, and disbelieved so uncompromisingly in what it could not see. Hawthorne: “The Artist of the Beautiful”

Character 979 "She looked redundant with life, health, and energy." Hawthorne: “Rappaccini’s Daughter”

Character 988 Able to understand the nature of a person in an instant. "As he passed, this person exchanged a cold and distant salutation with Baglioni, but fixed his eyes upon Giovanni with an intentness that seemed to bring out whatever was within him worthy of notice." Hawthorne: “Rappaccini’s Daughter”

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