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The Ancestral Footstep (fragment)

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Middleton's family arrived in America some two hundred years before he was born. As a child, he had heard stories of a family legend in which a brother had been exiled. Being curious about his family's history, Middleton returns to England to search for the truth to this mystery. In doing so, he begins to unravel long forgotten truths -- truths that perhaps should have remained forgotten.

Nathanial Hawthorne was the American author best known for such classic novels as The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables. This is an unfinished manuscript.

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Not a whit, said the old man. "England will never understand America; for England never does understand a foreign country; and whatever you may say about kindred, America is as much a foreign country as France itself. These two hundred years of a different climate and circumstances--of life on a broad continent instead of in an island, to say nothing of the endless intermixture of nationalities in every part of the United States, except New England--have created a new and decidedly original type of national character. It is as well for both parties that they should not aim at any very intimate connection. It will never do."



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