3. Henry James, who attended one of Hatch's presentations in 1863 and who
apparently based Dr. Tarrant, the mesmeric healer and father of Verena Tarrant
in his The Bostonians, upon Dr. Hatch, has Basil Ransom, Verena's
suitor, pick up "a biography of Mrs. Ada T. P. Foat, the celebrated
trance-lecturer" during his fateful visit to Verena's home in Cambridge.
The book "was embellished by a portrait representing the lady with
a surprised expression and innumerable ringlets." The ringlets, mentioned
also in the Leslie's Illustrated article, emphasized Hatch's youth.
The "surprised expression" in James's skeptical rendering of Hatch's
appearance in her trance state. The reporter for Leslie's Illustrated
was considerably more impressed. To what extent James based Verena upon
Hatch is an interesting question. One clue is James's insistence that, other
than the biography of Mrs. Foat, there "was no other book to be seen"
in the Tarrant household, a fact that makes Basil wonder "whether this
was the sort of thing Miss Tarrant had been brought up on." The reader
knows that, in fact, it was.