Hawthorne finished The Scarlet Letter on February 3, 1850. On the evening of that day he read the latter part of the book to his wife who -- as always -- had religiously refrained from any inquiry or intermeddling during the process of composition. "It broke her heart," Hawthorne wrote… "and sent her to bed with a grievous headache, which I look upon as a triumphant success."
-- Randall Stewart, Nathaniel Hawthorne --
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