The Rise of Silas Lapham Setting & Symbolism

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The Persis Brand

The Persis Brand is Lapham's finest brand of mineral paint. He names this paint after his wife and puts it on the market as a birthday present for her.

Initials and Figures N.L.f. 1835, S.L.t. 1855

These initials and figures appear on each package of Lapham's mineral paint. They indicate the year in which Lapham's father founded the paint, and the year in which Lapham first tried to paint.

Lapham

Lapham is the city in Vermont where Lapham's paint mines and family homestead are located. This city was called Lumberville prior to its name being changed to Lapham when Lapham donated money to build a new town hall.

Nankeen Square House

This is the house where Lapham lives with his family for 12 years before he is forced to sell the home to help cover debts.

House on the Water Side of Beacon Street

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