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But Nathaniel Hawthorne, not an admirer, called her "a great humbug," a woman with a "strong, heavy, unpliable, and in many respects defective and evil nature.
After describing the tight and unpliable nature of women's stays, he wrote, "Hence it will appear evident why women of rank, and those in the middle stations of life meet with difficulty in giving suck to children .
Eight years after her death, heeding gossip in Rome that Ossoli was very handsome but "half an idiot" Nathaniel wrote venomously that Fuller's feeling was "purely sensual" and revealed "her strange, heavy, unpliable, and, in many respects, defective and evil nature?