Nathaniel Hawthorne (1840)

Nathaniel Hawthorne, Salem, 1840
Portrait by Charles Osgood

In the collection of the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
Courtesy of the website of the museum

Age, with its miserable train of cares, and sorrows, and diseases, was remembered only as the trouble of a dream, from which they had joyously awoke. The fresh gloss of the soul, so early lost, and without which the world’s successive scenes had been but a gallery of faded pictures, again threw its enchantment over all their prospects. They felt like new-⁠created beings, in a new-⁠created universe.

– Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Fountain of Youth” / “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment”