"the most prolix among the tales that make up my volume"

Hawthorne originally conceived of The Scarlet Letter as a shorter work that would feature in a collection provisionally entitled Old-Time Legends: together with Sketches Experimental and Ideal. However, when he sent his prospective publisher James T. Fields the manuscript of ‘The Custom-House’ and the original version of The Scarlet Letter, Fields persuaded him to extend the latter by three chapters and to publish the two pieces unaccompanied. Some of the tales that had originally been intended for Old-Time Legends, such as ‘The Great Stone Face,’ 'Main Street' and ‘The Snow-Image,’ later appeared in The Snow-Image, and Other Twice-Told Tales in 1852.