I am reading this part of the Scarlet Letter in the Custom House:
It would be too much in keeping with the scene to excite surprise, were we to look about us and discover a form, beloved, but gone hence, now sitting quietly in a streak of this magic moonshine, with an aspect that would make us doubt whether it had returned from afar, or had never once stirred from our fireside.
I did not understand the initial part:
It would be too much in keeping with the scene to excite surprise
I could understand after that, which was saying how we would discover a beloved creature that would be close or really far.
However, I don't understand this the expression of "It would be too much in keeping with the scene to excite surprise"?
I've been using Sparknotes "No Fear Literature" tool that simplifies passages from The Scarlet Literature. It interprets the quote
An entire class of susceptibilities, and a gift connected with them,—of no great richness or value, but the best I had,—was gone from me.
My writing gift might not have been very rich or valuable, but it was the best I had, and it was gone
How could that be if writing is not even mentioned? He mentions "an entire class of susceptibilities."