"It converts them from snow-images into men and women"

This fleeting image is one that clearly resonated with Hawthorne, for he was inspired to compose the short story ‘The Snow-Image’ alongside The Scarlet Letter and published them both in the same year. This charming tale, in which the “snow-sister” of two young children comes to life, is a parable concerning the transformative capacities of the imagination (and the rather more limited ones of materialistic “common-sense”).