Hawthorne's Faun

A discussion of Hawthorne's The Marble Faun

As a note of interest to few but myself--carved marble is not limestone.  The two are of similar composition and marble has as its parent limestone, but during metamorphosis an entire new suite of minerals forms which makes marble somewhat more durable and resistant to chemical weathering. 

However, stonemasons do refer, sometimes, to unmetamorphosed limestone  as marble.  So much for today's lecture on metamorphic petrology.

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