The Blithedale Romance Setting & Symbolism

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Massachusetts

"The Blithedale Romance" is set in colonial Massachusetts.

Town

Mr. Coverdale and the others leave their lives of luxury in town to begin their Community at Blithedale. Occasionally, they return to town which is where Mr. Coverdale learns about Mr. Moodie's past and Priscilla's secret identity as the Veiled Lady.

Blithedale

Blithedale is a farm in Massachusetts where a group of intellectuals, including Mr. Coverdale, Mr. Hollingsworth and Zenobia, develop a Community with the intent to improve society through an Arcadian lifestyle. This is the main setting of the novel and is where Coverdale meets Hollingsworth, Zenobia and Priscilla.

Zenobia's Exotic Flower

Zenobia always wears an exotic flower in her hair, despite cold weather. In his delirium caused by a fever, Coverdale suggests that the flower is a magical talisman which its absence would transform Zenobia into something else entirely. Zenobia wears the flower as a token...

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