The two authors met for the first time in Stockbridge on August 5,on a picnic excursion hosted by David Dudley Field. Early in the course of the excursion, a sudden thunderstorm forced the party to take shelter, giving Melville and Hawthorne an opportunity to become better acquainted.
The two men took to each other at once, and as their conversation continued were delighted to discover a growing bond of mutual sympathy and comprehension.
Two days later Hawthorne wrote to a friend "I liked Melville so much that I have asked him to spend a few days with me. In the beginning the relationship was a great source of comfort and intellectual stimulation to Melville, who believed he had finally found the soul mate for whom he had been yearning.
As Sophia Hawthorne observed, "Mr. Melville, generally silent and uncommunicative, pours out the rich floods of his mind and experience to [Nathaniel Hawthorne], so sure of apprehension, so sure of a large and generous interpretation, and of the most delicate and fine judgment.
In August of Melville wrote to Hawthorne about the true story of a New England woman who had taken in and married a shipwrecked sailor only to be abandoned by him.
Melville agreed, but it is uncertain now whether he ever actually did anything with the material; at any rate, no published version of the story by him has been discovered.
The "Agatha" correspondence marks nearly the end of the Melville - Hawthorne relationship, which had lasted only a little over two years.
The initial abundance of warmth and fellowship had faded for reasons which can only be conjectured.
Melville may have come to feel that Hawthorne was not as profoundly sympathetic and responsive as he had at first seemed; for his part, Hawthorne was unsuccesful in using his long-established connections with Franklin Pierce to secure a government post for the impoverished Melville, a failure that left him "embarrassed and chagrined" and probably made him reluctant to pursue further encounters.
The two men met for the last time in November Melville has not been well, of late; Melville, as he always does, began to reason of Providence and futurity, and of everything that lies beyond human ken, and informed me that he had "pretty much made up his mind to be annihilated"; but still he does not seem to rest in that anticipation; and, I think, will never rest until he gets hold of a definite belief.
It is strange how he persists -- and has persisted ever since I knew him, and probably long before -- in wondering to-and-fro over these deserts, as dismal and monotonous as the sand hills amid which we were sitting. He can neither believe, nor be comfortable in his unbelief; and he is too honest and courageous not to try to do one or the other.
If he were a religious man, he would be one of the most truly religious and reverential; he has a very high and noble nature, and better worth immortality than most of us.The decision to use the atomic bomb: Less than two weeks after being sworn in as president, Harry S.
Truman received a long report from Secretary of War Henry L.
Stimson. “Within four months,” it began, “we shall in all probability have completed the most terrible weapon ever known in human history.” Truman’s decision to use the. Best Traditional Compare and Contrast Essay Topics for Students.
It makes more fun to draw a parallel between two people or objects instead of describing a single issue. It does not mean, however, that compare and contrast essay is an easy assignment to complete. First Mission to Moon and Second Visit: What Are the Differences and. Introduction There are no precise, reliable statistics on the amount of computer crime and the economic loss to victims, partly because many of these crimes are apparently not detected by victims, many of these crimes are never reported to authorities, and partly because the losses are often difficult to calculate.
Abstract. This thesis is composed of two essays that investigate whole farm planning and crop marketing in western Kentucky. In the first essay, contracting decisions between food corn producers and a mill are analyzed to observe factors affecting the bushel amount farmers contract.
The essay is the most important part of a college appllication, see sample essays perfect for applying to schools in the US. Heller was a alphabetnyc.comt Scalia’s vote, there would not have been a majority of justices in favor of an individual-rights reading of the Second Amendment.