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by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Aylmer Timeline and Summary
We learn that Aylmer is thoroughly devoted to science, and recently got married to the lovely Georgiana. Though Georgiana thinks her birthmark is attractive, Aylmer takes issue with it. And the longer they're married, the more issue he takes. Because he can't hold back any longer, he tells his wife that he doesn't like her birthmark. When she asks about removing it, he jumps on the opportunity. Aylmer sets up a boudoir for Georgiana in a little room in his laboratories. He brings her in there and shows her all his science stuff. When his wife cries at reading his lab notebook, Aylmer comforts her and asks her to sing for him. Aylmer is upset when Georgiana comes into the lab where he's working. He's been pretending to be A-OK with the impending operation, but she catches a glimpse of his hidden anxiety. He is pleasantly surprised when his wife wants to do the operation anyway. Aylmer brings the vial of liquid in to his wife. He demonstrates its abilities on a blotchy plant conveniently placed on the windowsill. Aylmer watches over his wife as she sleeps after drinking his elixir. He is joyous when the birthmark is finally gone. Aylmer watches his wife die and hears Aminadab laugh.