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In the early ages you are sheltered from the hardships of adulthood One would like to stay young so they try to shelter their young as long as possible from pain and suffering This rings true in both of Hawthornes short stories The Maypole of Merry Mount and My Kinsman Major Molineux The main characters in both stories were barely considered adults in their society Edith and Edgar are about to be married in an arranged situation and Robin is looking to succeed by searching for his relative Edith and Edgar are very brave in stating that one would rather die to save the other 625 It is unknown whether they were aware this man Endicott was really planning to whip them perhaps close to death but they stood bravely and cared not for their own lives but for the lives of one another This naiveteacute may be the reason they were able to live but Robin was not dependent on his naiveteacute to live On the contrary it slowed him down considerably In both stories the main characters face hard decisions as far as having to deal with complex adult situations How they handle these situations are different and I believe Robin is admirable while Edith and Edgar are not necessarily abhorrent but are not that admirable either Edith and Edgar were a young ignorant couple This was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives but instead they were confronted with a life-altering experience After being fully vestured in an array of clothing they were paraded around as the Lord and Lady of May to be married on midsummers eve 619 The couple is depicted as being unsure of their commitment to one another Edith looks as though she is doubtful and sad so Edgar asks what is troubling her 621 They both acknowledge that neither one of them is sure they are to be married but the uncertainty is completely removed
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