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‘‘As Nice a Little Saleswoman, as I Am a Housewife’’: Domesticity, Education, and Separate Spheres in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables

This article considers Nathaniel Hawthorne’s intervention into the separate spheres ideology in The House of the Seven Gables. By depicting Phoebe Pyncheon’s domestic and industrial skills, Hawthorne raises the possibility of women successfully negotiating the business world but contains them within the home by merging marketplace values and domestic education principles.