Characterized as an "eccentric literary man not without a spice of genius," William North was born in England and eventually settled in New York City (W. Rossetti 48-49).
Discusses the relationship between William North and Genevieve Genevra Fairfield. Some credit North's unrequited love for Fairfield as the reason for his suicide.
Hamilton suggests that North's love for Genevieve Genevra Fairfield may have been requited if not for the interference of her mother, stating that "it is possible that had Genevra been left to herself a union with North might have resulted." However, Hamilton admits that "Genevra's mental illness, as her mother obviously intimates, may have been so severe as to prohibit any thought of marriage and the very impossibility of responding to North's passion may have hastened the final tragedy."
In regards to North's suicide, Hamilton quotes Seymour's assessment that "[t]he cause of death was love, not poverty. He impressed that upon me the night before the catastrophe."
Hamilton mentions Winter's description of the beauty of the woman over whom North committed suicide, Genevieve Genevra Fairfield.
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