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Had a wanderer, bewildered in the melancholy forest, heard their mirth, and stolen a half-affrighted glance, he might have fancied them the crew of Comus, some already transformed to brutes, some midway between man and beast, and the others rioting in the flow of tipsy jollity that foreran the change.

Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The May-Pole of Merry Mount” (1836).

Technically not a new image but a rehash of an earlier one. I plan to re-read a lot of Hawthorne in 2018 and illustrate more of his stories too.