"Salem House, which was enclosed with a high brick wall, and looked very dull."

An ironic name – Salem was the old name for Jerusalem. Appropriately Jerusalem was sometimes referred to as the City of David.

The name has an added resonance when we link it to Salem in Massachusetts, the scene of a (now) famous witch hunt (see Arthur Miller's The Crucible). As in the play, certain innocent figures are punished for the sins of others.