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The only child of Reuben and Dorcas was a son, now arrived at the age of fifteen years, beautiful in youth, and giving promise of a glorious manhood. He was peculiarly qualified for, and already began to excel in, the wild accomplishments of frontier life.

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

[Tychy‘s companion to “Roger Malvin’s Burial” can be read here. Ed.]