Maypole of Merrymount

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Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804—1864) American novelist and short-story writer

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Allegorical tale by Hawthorne, published in 1836 and collected in Twice-Told Tales (1837). It is based on historical accounts of the Anglican settlement at Merry Mount.

Among the revelers about the Maypole at Merrymount are a handsome youth and a beautiful maiden, who, at the height of the festivities, are married by a jolly Anglican priest. At this moment the proceedings are interrupted by a raid of Endecott and his Puritan followers. The latter are dissuaded from punishing the pair when each pleads for the other, and they join the Puritan colony, becoming sober and respectable citizens.

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