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by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Take the The Custom-House: The Scarlet Letter by: Introductory to The Scarlet Letter Chapter 1: The Prison Door Chapter 2: The Marketplace Chapter 3: The Recognition Chapter 4: The Interview Chapter 5: Hester at Her Needle Chapter 6: The Elf-Child and the Minister Chapter 9: The Leech Chapter The Leech and His Patient Chapter Inside a Heart Chapter Another View of Hester Chapter At first he gloried in the labor, enjoying the fresh air and the hearty feeling of working with his hands.

Within a few months, he realized that the exhausting life of a farmer was consuming all of his energy—energy that he needed for writing. Fortunately, Sophia didn't mind marrying a poor man. The couple married on 9 July They moved to a rented house in Concord, Massachusetts named the Old Manse , owned by a relative of their friend and neighbor Ralph Waldo Emerson.

The Hawthornes were in the middle of a flourishing circle of artistic and intellectual revolutionaries that included Emerson , Bronson Alcott , Margaret Fuller , and Henry David Thoreau. Hawthorne was friendly with his neighbors, going on walks with Fuller and engaging in rowing contests with Thoreau.

However, his neighbors found the shy, reserved writer difficult to get to know. In his journal Bronson Alcott called Hawthorne "A coy genius. Nobody gets a chance to speak with him unless by accident. He never calls on anyone, is seldom seen outside of his gate.

The Custom-House: Introductory

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A summary of The Custom-House: Introductory in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of The Scarlet Letter and what it means. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans.

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The Custom-House marker imprinted it, with a stencil and black paint, on pepper-bags, and baskets of anatto, and cigar-boxes, and bales of all kinds of dutiable merchandise, in testimony that these commodities had paid the impost, and gone regularly through the office.

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The Custom House is largely an autobiographical sketch describing Hawthorne's life as an administrator of the Salem Custom House. It was written to enlarge the tale of The Scarlet Letter, since Hawthorne deemed the story too short to print by itself. In , he quit the Custom House for a more interesting experiment. Hawthorne agreed to purchase a $ share in a new utopian community in West Roxbury, Massachusetts named Brook Farm.

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In "The Custom-House," we find out that our narrator is the chief executive officer of the Salem Custom-House sometime during the mids). His account is a mixture of fact and fiction and loosely follows the story of how Hawthorne himself came to write The Scarlet Letter. A Custom House is a governmental building situated near a port or a wharf. Furthermore, Hawthorne, in his story, "Endicott and the Red Cross," published nine years before he took his Custom House position, described the incident of a woman who, like Hester Prynne, was forced to wear a letter A on her breast.