|Wakefield (1835) [Short Story]|
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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The man, under pretence of going on a journey, took lodgings in the next street to his own house, and there, unheard of by his wife or friends, and without the shadow of a reason for such self-banishment, dwelt upwards of twenty years. During that period he beheld his home every day, and frequently the forlorn Mrs. Wakefield. And after so great a gap in his matrimonial felicity - when his death was reckoned certain, his estate settled, his name dismissed from memory, and his wife, long, long ago, resigned to her autumnal widowhood - he entered the door one evening, quietly, as from a day's absence, and became a loving spouse till death.
This summary is from the beginning of "Wakefield"; after describing his premise, Hawthorne proceeds to explore the ramifications of such an event in greater depth
First published in New England Magazine, Jun 1835
The Forms of Fiction (Gardner & Dunlap, 1962)
Major American Short Stories (A. Walton Litz, 1994)
Original title: Wakefield
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics
This work is a subwork of the following works :
Twice-Told Tales (1837) [Collection]
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne