Young Goodman Brown and Other Hawthorne Short Stories

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Whose hoarse, chucking laugh was heard after she died?

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Aylmer hears his assistant chuckle; Aylmer himself rejoices, as he believes he has succeeded – but he awakens Georgiana, who murmurs that she is dying. Aminadab laughs again – a symbol of how “the gross fatality of earth exults in its invariable triumph over the immortal essence”.