One common theme found in these three short stories is experimentation. In each of the short stories’ plots, there is an experiment of some sort undertaken in order to improve the human condition. The most obvious of these is the experiment found in “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment.” Dr. Heidegger is an elderly doctor who calls together four old friends. Three are “white-bearded gentlemen, Mr. Medbourne, Colonel Killigrew, and Mr. Gascoigne” (Hawthorne, “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment” 12), and the other is “a withered gentlewoman, whose name [is] the Widow Wycherly” (Hawthorne, “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment” 12). Dr. Heidegger calls them to his house so that he can try an experiment out on them. He first shows the elderly group a concoction he has and then pours it over an old and dried rose that his old lover gave him. Soon the flower grows its old color back and restores its previously vibrant qualities. The four elderly friends beg to try the mixture and soon they are back in the prime of life. At one point many years ago the three gentlemen had each been in love with Wycherly. After taking the mixture and becoming young again, the men return to their fight over the Widow...
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