Monthly Archives: September 2016

Did I Mention the Shaggy Hair?

Anyone else ever notice that in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s story “The Birth-Mark” (1843), Aylmer’s lab assistant Aminadab is a proto-Igor? “Aminadab! Aminadab!”  shouted Aylmer, stamping violently on the floor. Forthwith there issued from an inner apartment a man of low stature, but bulky frame, with shaggy hair hanging about his visage, which was grimed with the vapors […]