Hawthorne has given us a tradition that some people refer to as Yankee Magic Realism, and I do think there is a certain quality to the landscape that definitely leads into the dark woods.
I'm much faster now. When you only have a certain amount of time to write, after a while you learn to use your time well or you stop writing.
The adults don't know what's happening on the kids' universe and the kids don't know what's happening on the adults' universe.
I think we are bound to, and by, nature. We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world, but every time there's a snowstorm or drought, we know our fate is tied to the world around us.