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The irritability, by which he had recently become distinguished, was another cause of his declining prosperity, as it occasioned frequent quarrels, in his unavoidable intercourse with the neighboring settlers. The results of these were innumerable law-suits; for the people of New England, in the earliest stages and wildest circumstances of the country, adopted, whenever attainable, the legal mode of deciding their differences.

Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Roger Malvin’s Burial” (1832).

[Tychy‘s guide to “Roger Malvin’s Burial” is here. Apologies are possibly due for the general tardiness of the “Wanderers” illustrative series. Tychy portrayed Reuben’s return from the battlefield in March 2011: it has taken over two years to cover a single turn of the page. Morever, given that my talents as an illustrator have matured, or at least changed, since I started the series in June 2009, I am now dissatisfied with half of the preceding pictures. Robin Molineux’s hat seems to change in size and shape with every hour of his adventure. So I may re-draw some of the previous pictures as well as venturing further into Hawthorne’s fiction. If you check back in a few decades time, we may have finally reached the dramatic denouement of “Roger Malvin’s Burial.” Ed.]

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