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Monsieur du Miroir

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Monsieur du Miroir is a short story by acclaimed author Nathaniel Hawthorne.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .he world deaf? or is it merely a piece of my friend's waggery, meant for nothing but to make fools of us? If so, he has the joke all to himself.

This dumb devil which possesses Monsieur do Miroir is, I am persuaded, the sole reason that he does not make me the most flattering protestations of friendship. In many particulars—indeed, as to all his cognizable and not preternatural points, except that, once in a great while, I speak a word or two—there exists the greatest apparent sympathy between us. Such is his confidence in my taste that he goes astray from the general fashion and copies all his dresses after mine. I never try on a new garment without expecting to meet, Monsieur du Miroir in one of the same pattern. He has duplicates of all my waistcoats and cravats, shirt-bosoms of precisely a similar plait, and an old coat for private wear, manufactured, I suspect, by a Chinese tailor, in exact imitation of a beloved old coat of mine, with . . . Read More

Community Reviews

What if each one of us regarded our physical reflection as another person altogether?

As soon as you realize what's happening... GASP! Chilling and tragic. Hawthorne examined this from every possible angle, kept me guessing, and knit an impressive literary weave. Wow. Though a short story, clearl...more

In this little essay, first published in The Token and Atlantic Souvenir (1837), Hawthorne writes of his own reflection—the Gentleman in the Mirror—as it he were man distinct from himself, occasionally glimpsed in various contexts, whose character and behavior could be observed and described. The...more