By David Dalglish
"Every king should have his heirs, and that i could have heirs useful of my legend..."
Thren Felhorn is a legend of the underworld, the chief of the robust Spider Guild, father to the Watcher of Veldaren, and the main feared guy in a urban flooded with crime and death.
Cloak and Spider includes six interconnected tales that paintings as a novella, chronicling Thren's tutelage below the fearsome Darkhand, his bloody upward push to popularity, the production of his notorious guild, and the delivery of his son, Aaron, who may develop as much as be a legend all his own.
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40–69, Arthur Riss, Race, Slavery, and Literature in Nineteenth–Century America (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), esp. chapter 4, ‘A is for Anything’. 31 Arac, The Politics of The Scarlet Letter, 258. 32 Ibid. 416. 33 Bercovitch, The Oﬃce of The Scarlet Letter, xiv. 34 Whether one reads the ending as disciplinary or not, the fact is that we, like Hester, adopt the scarlet letter in all of its interpretative, political, historical, and aesthetic dimensions. The narrative practices and the various characters of The Scarlet Letter have taught us how to do this, and we have done so ‘of [our] own free will’.
Its front is ornamented with a portico of half a dozen wooden pillars, supporting a balcony, beneath which a ﬂight of wide granite steps descends towards the street. Over the entrance hovers an enormous specimen of the American eagle, with outspread wings, a shield before her breast, and, if I recollect aright, a bunch of intermingled thunderbolts and barbed arrows in each claw. With the customary inﬁrmity of temper that characterizes this unhappy fowl, she appears, by the ﬁerceness of her beak and eye and the general truculency of her attitude, to threaten mischief to the inoﬀensive community; and especially to warn all citizens, careful of their safety, against intruding on the premises which she overshadows with her wings.
So has it been in my case. I felt it almost as a destiny to make Salem my home; so that the mould of features and cast of character which had all along been familiar here—ever, as one representative of the race lay down in his grave, another assuming, as it were, his sentry-march along the Main Street— might still in my little day be seen and recognized in the old town. Nevertheless, this very sentiment is an evidence that the connection, which has become an unhealthy one, should at last be severed.