"ever, as one representative of the race lay down in his grave, another assuming, as it were, his sentry-march along the Main Street"

Rather unusually, there is no thoroughfare of this name in Salem. Hawthorne is instead referring once more to Essex Street, which was the subject of his short story ‘Main Street’ (1849). This comic tale features the author as a cack-handed showman who regales his deeply-unimpressed audience with a series of tableaux depicting the street’s history, a pageant in which his ancestors feature prominently and not very flatteringly.