- What do you think Dr. Heidegger is symbolic of? Why?
- What do you think the Widow Wycherly is symbolic of? Why?
- What do you think Hawthorne is trying to teach his readers about people and youth?
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Dr. Heidegger is an extremely aged and eccentric scientist. He is known among his friends for concocting many scientific experiments. Having discovered the waters of the infamous Fountain of Youth, Dr. Heidegger invites four of his friends to his laboratory to drink it. Dr. Heidegger represents mystery and fantastical possibilities. We never really know too much about the doctor or his motivations.
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