Dr. Grimshawe's Secret; A Romance

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1910. Excerpt: ... NOTES CHAPTER I 1. The MS. gives the following alternative openings: "Early in the present century;" "Soon after the Revolution;" "Many years ago." 2. Throughout the first four pages of the MS. the Doctor is called "Ormskirk," and in an earlier draft of this portion of the romance, " Etheredge." 3. Author s note. -- "Crusty Hannah is a mixture of Indian and negro." 4. Author's note. --" It is understood from the first that the children are not brother and sister. -- Describe the children with really childish traits, quarrelling, being naughty, etc. -- The Doctor should occasionally beat Ned in course of instruction." 5. In order to show the manner in which Hawthorne would modify a passage, which was nevertheless to be left substantially the same, I subjoin here a description of this graveyard as it appears in the earlier draft: "The graveyard (we are sorry to have to treat of such a disagreeable piece of ground, but everybody's business centres there at one time or another) was the most ancient in the town. The dust of the original Englishmen had become incorporated with the soil; of those Englishmen whose immediate predecessors had been resolved into the earth about the country churches, -- the little Norman, square, battlemented stone towers of the villages in the old land; so that in this point of view, as holding bones and dust of the first ancestors, this graveyard was more English than anything else in town. There had been hidden from sight many a broad, bluff visage of husbandmen that had ploughed the real English soil; there the faces of noted men, now known in history; there many a personage whom tradition told about, making wondrous qualities of strength and courage for him; -- all these, mingled with succeeding generations, turned up and battened down again with the sext...