"since he has quitted the Old Manse"
Postcard of Hawthorne's home at 14 Mall Street, Salem
Creative Commons AttributionPostcard of Hawthorne's home at 14 Mall Street, Salem - Credit: http://www.hawthorneinsalem.org/images/image.php?name=MMD889

Hawthorne and Sophia left the Old Manse in October 1845 after enjoying the first three years of their marriage there. Returning to Salem, the couple at first lived at Hawthorne’s mother’s house at 12 Herbert Street, a bleak and oppressive building referred to as ‘Castle Dismal.’ They relocated numerous times after this and were, when The Scarlet Letter was published, based at 14 Mall Street, a place large enough to also accommodate Hawthorne’s ailing mother.

The study of Hawthorne's Mall Street home where he wrote The Scarlet Letter
Creative Commons AttributionThe study of Hawthorne's Mall Street home where he wrote The Scarlet Letter - Credit: http://www.hawthorneinsalem.org/images/image.php?name=MMD1043