I’m starting to feel smart, aren’t you? You know that great rush when your’e reading along and then, BOOM! Out of nowhere is a reference to another piece of literature, and you get it!?!
It just happened, my friends. Hawthorne was describing the despicable character of Roger Chillingworth with this sentence,
Sometimes, a light glimmered out of the physician’s eyes, burning blue and ominous, like the reflection of a furnace, or, let us say, like one of those gleams of ghastly fire that darted from Bunyan’s awful doorway in the hill-side, and quivered on the pilgrim’s face.
Oh yes, the Pilgrim’s Progress passageway to hell for hypocrites and traitors, the reference made sense to me without the aid of an end-note! Hoorah! This DIY Master’s is really working.