Redding quotes the speaker of Hawthorne's strange chapter: "Somewhere between the real world and fairy land, where the Actual and the Imaginary may meet, [...] ghosts might enter [...] without affrighting
That pearst the eares of our renowned king, Affrighting
so his heart with strong conceit, Of some unhappy grievous stratigene, That trust me with my eares I heard him say, He thought they would have all like Spaniels, Tane water despertly and borded him.
simple people from receiving the Truth" (qtd.
183).(20) But in "Governor Pyncheon," the narrator looks into the dead father's face without a loss of power; a key feature of the romance, Hawthorne notes, is that the romancer gains the ability to face down such specters: "Ghosts might enter here, without affrighting
us" ("Custom-House," p.
In addition, Walpole's discussion of blending "the two kinds of romance, the ancient and the modern" in the preface to the second edition (7) sounds very much like Hawthorne's description of the haunted state of mind which leads up to his famous moonlight and romance passage where he articulates his ideas about the blending of "the Actual and the Imaginary" to create a "neutral territory," a space open to Gothic influences (e.g., "Ghosts might enter here, without affrighting