Dr. Hopkins is a 40-year-old minister who lives in Newport, in New England. He falls in love with the daughter (Mary) of his hostess, but her heart belongs to James Marvyn (his father and Mary's mother are cousins). James goes to sea and is feared dead, so after a period of mourning, Mary (a very saintly Puritanical girl) resigns herself and says she'll marry the Doctor (as he's called in the book). Aaron Burr comes in as a potential love interest, but Mary sees that his more evil nature reigns over anything that is noble in him and is not really tempted. Mary marries happily at the end of the book. It is also worth noting that there is quite a bit of Puritanical doctrine in the book that becomes a bit boring, but it is part of the setting in which the people of Newport live.
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