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Hawthorne thinks that it is important to return to the scene associated with the guilt in order to make the sin public and reestablish ties with the community. In work after work he shows the importance of human beings' knowing that they share a fallen nature with their fellows. Only on the death of his 17 Dieter Schulz, "Imagination and Self-Imprisonment: The Ending of 'Roger Malvin's Burial,' " Studies in Short Fiction, 10 (1973), 184. I am indebted to Schulz for my interpretation. For citations to the numerous discussions of this tale, see Schulz.

Hester leaves, but after Pearl marries she returns: "Here had been her sin; here, her sorrow; and here was yet to be her penitence" (I, 263). Another parallel between the two works is the recognition scene. In the Johnson sketch a cattle-drover who had just returned from London took a look at the unknown personage, ... " "Aye, that I would," replied neighbor Hutchins; "for a queerer chap I never saw in my life! Somehow, it makes me feel small to look at him. " Page 13 "You may well say so," answered the cattle-drover.

When the war ended, a tide of Anglo-Americans flooded into New Mexico from the east. These people were Texans mostly, and they were cattlemen. They had little or no respect for state boundaries so long as they could garner graze and water for their perpetually hungry and thirsty cattle. As early as 1866 the Texans pointed the way when Oliver Loving and Charles Goodnight pioneered the Goodnight-Loving Cattle Trail which ran up the Pecos Valley to the South Platte River just north of Denver. When Loving died at Fort Sumner the next year, his last request was "Take me back to Texas.

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