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As Nancy Bunge observes, Georgiana even grows to “despise her own humanity” and to hope her blemish can be removed. Her relationship with him demands that she “mediate a formidable battle between self-esteem and selfhate” (Nathaniel Hawthorne: A Study of the Short Fiction, 29). Giving her husband permission to excise the birthmark seems to ennoble Georgiana. ” Georgiana tells him not to dream of sparing her, even if the birthmark extends as deep as her heart. Unfortunately, the poison in her cheek can be erased only by death.
The remorseful queen shakes the dying countess in spite. When the attendants prepare the countess’s body for burial, they find that the ring has imprinted a dark red circle on her breast, which they believe is the “glow of infernal fire” from hell. The attendants are too frightened to remove the ring, which goes with the guilty countess into her tomb. Years later, Lord Cromwell’s soldiers desecrate the Shrewsbury family vault and take “Merlin’s antique ring,” which inflicts disaster and death on all of its subsequent owners in England.
Tilton’s own box is filled with copper coins, shopkeeper’s tokens, and a crisp new banknote, which, on inspection, turn out to be counterfeit. Deacon Trott taunts him, but Deacon Tilton, unfazed, contributes 10 dollars from his own pocket. Suddenly they discover, beneath the heap of copper, a brilliant antique diamond ring, identical to the one given the Earl of Essex by Queen Elizabeth. The two deacons take the ring to a fashionable jeweler, from whom the narrator of the legend, Edward Caryl, purchases it.