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The Marble Faun

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

1. 01 - Chapter I: MIRIAM, HILDA, KENYON, DONATELLO
2. 02 - Chapter II: THE FAUN
3. 03 - Chapter III: SUBTERRANEAN REMINISCENCES
4. 04 - Chapter IV: THE SPECTRE OF THE CATACOMB
5. 05 - Chapter V: MIRIAM'S STUDIO
6. 06 - Chapter VI: THE VIRGIN'S SHRINE
7. 07 - Chapter VII: BEATRICE
8. 08 - Chapter VIII: THE SUBURBAN VILLA
9. 09 - Chapter IX: THE FAUN AND NYMPH
10. 10 - Chapter X: THE SYLVAN DANCE
11. 11 - Chapter XI: FRAGMENTARY SENTENCES
12. 12 - Chapter XII: A STROLL ON THE PINCIAN
13. 13 - Chapter XIII: A SCULPTOR'S STUDIO
14. 14 - Chapter XIV: CLEOPATRA
15. 15 - Chapter XV: AN AESTHETIC COMPANY
16. 16 - Chapter XVI: A MOONLIGHT RAMBLE
17. 17 - Chapter XVII: MIRIAM'S TROUBLE
18. 18 - Chapter XVIII: ON THE EDGE OF A PRECIPICE
19. 19 - Chapter XIX: THE FAUN'S TRANSFORMATION
20. 20 - Chapter XX: THE BURIAL CHANT
21. 21 - Chapter XXI: THE DEAD CAPUCHIN
22. 22 - Chapter XXII: THE MEDICI GARDENS
23. 23 - Chapter XXIII: MIRIAM AND HILDA
24. 24 - Chapter XXIV: THE TOWER AMONG THE APENNINES
25. 25 - Chapter XXV: SUNSHINE
26. 26 - Chapter XXVI: THE PEDIGREE OF MONTE BENI
27. 27 - Chapter XXVII: MYTHS
28. 28 - Chapter XXVIII: THE OWL TOWER
29. 29 - Chapter XXIX: ON THE BATTLEMENTS
30. 30 - Chapter XXX: DONATELLO'S BUST
31. 31 - Chapter XXXI: THE MARBLE SALOON
32. 32 - Chapter XXXII: SCENES BY THE WAY
33. 33 - Chapter XXXIII: PICTURED WINDOWS
34. 34 - Chapter XXXIV: MARKET-DAY IN PERUGIA
35. 35 - Chapter XXXV: THE BRONZE PONTIFF'S BENEDICTION
36. 36 - Chapter XXXVI: HILDA'S TOWER
37. 37 - Chapter XXXVII: THE EMPTINESS OF PICTURE GALLERIES
38. 38 - Chapter XXXVIII: ALTARS AND INCENSE
39. 39 - Chapter XXXIX: THE WORLD'S CATHEDRAL
40. 40 - Chapter XL: HILDA AND A FRIEND
41. 41 - Chapter XLI: SNOWDROPS AND MAIDENLY DELIGHTS
42. 42 - Chapter XLII: REMINISCENCES OF MIRIAM
43. 43 - Chapter XLIII: THE EXTINCTION OF A LAMP
44. 44 - Chapter XLIV: THE DESERTED SHRINE
45. 45 - Chapter XLV: THE FLIGHT OF HILDA'S DOVES
46. 46 - Chapter XLVI: A WALK ON THE CAMPAGNA
47. 47 - Chapter XLVII: THE PEASANT AND CONTADINA
48. 48 - Chapter XLVIII: A SCENE IN THE CORSO
49. 49 - Chapter XLIX: A FROLIC OF THE CARNIVAL
50. 50 - Chapter L: MIRIAM, HILDA, KENYON, DONATELLO

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Summary

The Marble Faun is Hawthorne's most unusual romance. Writing on the eve of the American Civil War, Hawthorne set his story in a fantastical Italy. The romance mixes elements of a fable, pastoral, gothic novel, and travel guide. In the spring of 1858, Hawthorne was inspired to write his romance when he saw the Faun of Praxiteles in a Roman sculpture gallery. The theme, characteristic of Hawthorne, is guilt and the Fall of Man. The four main characters are Miriam, a beautiful painter who is compared to Eve, Beatrice Cenci, Lady Macbeth, Judith, and Cleopatra, and is being pursued by a mysterious, threatening Model; Hilda, an innocent copyist who is compared to the Virgin Mary; Kenyon, a sculptor, who represents rationalist humanism; and Donatello, the Count of Monti Beni, who is compared to Adam, resembles the Faun of Praxiteles, and is probably only half human.

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