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By Eugene Hudson Long, R. G. Collmer

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George steals into his brother's chamber looking confused, yet somewhat sullen, when their father begins the story of Samuel Johnson. The father concludes the first chapter of the story by remarking on Johnson's disobedience of his father: "Alas! " Hawthorne aptly points out that George "had withdrawn into the dusky shadow behind his father's chair" (VI, 244). The story then continues with Johnson's penance. At the close of it the father gives the following admonition: My dear children, if you have grievedI will not say, your parentsbut, if you have grieved the heart of any human being, who has a claim upon your love, then think of Samuel Johnson's penance!

Only then can there be expiation. Hawthorne further emphasizes the importance of place in guilt and its expiation when he has Hester remain in the community that has condemned her. "But there is a fatality, a feeling so irresistible and inevitable that it has the force of doom, which almost invariably compels human beings to linger around and haunt, ghost-like, the spot where some great and marked event has given the color to their lifetime; and still the more irresistibly, the darker the tinge that saddens it" (I, 7980).

275276. Page 25 the Catholic Church," labor unions which "discriminate turn out to be dominated by Texans," and even in education, where "New Mexico's old-time friendly equality" should take precedence, the tejano influence grows because "teachers who think like tejanos" come in to reap New Mexico's good salaries and retirement benefits. Efforts to educate tejanos have taken various forms, but the process has been slow and tedious, owing to the nature of the pupil. Miss Fergusson ends her discourse with a faint glimmering of hope: The question is always there: Will these ignorant newcomers overwhelm us before we can teach them to appreciate New Mexico's fine tradition of tolerance?

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