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According to Hawthorne, the first two places allotted for in any new community are a cemetery and a prison.
In the context of the early days of colonial New England, Hawthorne says,
"The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a protion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison".
The practical reality of having to account early on for death and crime in any plan for community establishment is a stark testimony to the inescapability of "human frailty and sorrow" (Chapter 1).
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