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David Swan (short story)

  • Also Known As: David Swan: A Fantasy
  • Type: Short Story
  • Length: 8 pages

David Swan is a 1837 short story by notable American author Nathaniel Hawthorne. - AsNotedIn

We can be but partially acquainted even with the events which actually influence our course through life, and our final destiny. There are innumerable other events - if such they may be called - which come close upon us, yet pass away without actual results, or even betraying their near approach, by the reflection of any light or shadow across our minds. Could we know all the vicissitudes of our fortunes, life would be too full of hope and fear, exultation or disappointment, to afford us a single hour of true serenity. This idea may be illustrated by a page from the secret history of David Swan.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, David Swan

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  • Gilmanton Academy, Gilmanton, NH Be it enough to say that he was a native of New Hampshire, born of respectable parents, and had received an ordinary school education, with a classic finish by a year at Gilmanton Academy.
  • Massachusetts, United States of America We have nothing to do with David until we find him, at the age of twenty, on the high road from his native place to the city of Boston, where his uncle, a small dealer in the grocery line, was to take him behind the counter.


Y/M/D Association Description Place Locale Food Event
1837/00/00 Nathaniel Hawthorne Author "David Swan" by Nathaniel Hawthorne is published.

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Particulars for David Swan (short story):
Insect Bee flying insect (Apoidea, hymenopterous ) having sucking and chewing mouthparts, that feed on pollen and nectar
Biology Bosom a woman's chest
Human Attribute Countenance a person's face or facial expression
Weapon Dirk long bladed thrusting dagger
Narrative Arts Fiction prose literature, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people
Wardrobe Garter a band worn around the leg to keep up a stocking or sock
Health Gout A type of arthritis that causes inflammation of joints due to excess uric acid.
Botany Maple Tree large genus (Acer) of trees, hard, closegrained, light-colored wood
Narrative Arts Narrative Prose ordinary written language which tells a story
Wardrobe Pantaloon baggy trousers gathered at the ankles
Art Type Short Story short form narrative fiction
Transportation Stagecoach a large closed horse-drawn vehicle used to carry passengers
Definition superfluity an unnecessarily or excessively large amount or number of something
Social Movement Temperance abstinence from alcoholic drink
Disposition Vicissitude a change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant.
Wardrobe Waistcoat, Vest a piece of clothing that fits the upper body but not the arms and usually has buttons down
Social Wayfarer a person who travels on foot

Original Language: English

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