all that pertains to crime, it seemed never to have known a youthful era.
Note: This foreshadows the fact that this location is associated--or will be associated--with some crime.
Ann Hutchinson as she entered the prison-door,
Note: This is apparently a slight contradiction because she is “sainted,” but she is going to prison.
with their eyes intently fastened on the iron-clamped oaken door.
Note: Why are they looking at the door intently? Are they scared or excited?
man's firewater
Note: This is spoken in the words of an Indian, seeming to informally quote him or her.