The Hollow of the Three Hills

Topics: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Short story, Salem witch trials Pages: 3 (1321 words) Published: July 5, 2012
The Hollow of the Three Hills is a story of dishonor, deceit, and death. The author, Nathaniel Hawthorn portrays the main character as a beautiful woman with a shameful and abominable past. She tries to run from her problems. The main character was so driven by curiosity and remorse that she brought herself to go see a witch. They met in a place described by Hawthorne as "a hollow basin, almost mathematically circular, two or three hundred feet in breadth,...the resort of the Power of Evil and his plighted subjects."(Hawthorne 103) This describes the character as someone who is a plighted subject who had such a secret that she had to be where "no mortal could observe them"(Hawthorne 103) She wanted this witch to help her see and hear what was happening with her loved ones; but she only had one hour to do so and after this one hour she would die. This is shown in the following two lines: "there is but a short hour that we may tarry here."(Hawthorne 103) and “I will do your bidding though I die”(Hawthorne 103). In the first part where the main character is looking in on her parents by means of the witches powers and Hawthorne describes her parents as speaking "...of a daughter, a wanderer they knew not where, bearing dishonor along with her, and leaving shame and affliction to bring their gray heads to the grave. They alluded also to other and more recent woe,"(Hawthorne 104). The more recent woe they were alluding to was their grandchild's death. Next the main character looked in upon her husband which she had left to bear the brunt of her mistakes as he was sent to a madhouse after she ran away. He was not well at all, for she had broken his heart and "he spoke of a woman's perfidy, of a wife who had broken her holiest vows"(Hawthorne 104). Not only had she left him with pain and suffering for her mistake (which was running away) but also she must have known that her husband would have strong feelings of antipathy towards her and still willingly looked in...
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