FC: The Great Stone Face by Nathaniel Hawthorne A Children's Book Revised by E. B. Cromwell
1: One afternoon, when the sun was going down, a mother and her little boy sat at the door of their cottage, talking about the Great Stone Face.
2: And what was the Great Stone Face? In the valley between the large mountains lived many people. Some of the people lived in log houses.
3: All the people of the valley knew of the Great Stone Face.
4: The Great Stone Face was a work of Nature formed on the side of a mountain by big rocks.
5: It looked like a giant on the cliff of the mountain. There was a wide arch for the forehead, a nose with a long bridge and large sized lips. The lips looked like they could speak and the words would have been so loud that they would sound like thunder. The Great Stone Face seemed to be alive.
6: As we began the story, a mother and her little boy sat at their cottage-door, gazing at the Great Stone Face, and talking about it. The little boy's name was Ernest.
7: "Mother," said Ernest, as the giant face smiled at him, "I wish that it could speak, it looks so kind that it's voice must be nice. If I were to see a man with such a face, I should love him." "If the old story should come true," answered his mother, "we may see a man with exactly such a face as that." "What story do you mean, mother?" asked Ernest. "Please tell me the story."
8: The mother told him the story that had been told to her by her mother when she was a child. As Ernest grew up he never forgot the story. He grew up in the log cabin where he was born and helped his mother by doing chores. He did not go to school, but he was as smart as the children who went to school. Ernest would look at the Great Stone Face for hours and began to imagine that the face would smile at him.
9: The valley was a buzz with a rumor that a man from the valley looked like the Great Stone Face. His name was Mr. Gathergold.
10: Finally, the story his mother told him would come true. Mr. Gathergold was coming back to the valley. "Here he comes!" cried the people of the valley. "Here comes the great Mr. Gathergold." The people shouted, "He is the very image of the Great Stone Face." Ernest turned to the Great Stone Face and was sad to see that Mr. Gathergold did not look like the face. Ernest imagined the face saying "He will come, Ernest. He will come."
11: Ernest grew older and was now a young man. The people of the valley had now realized that Mr. Gathergold did not look like the Great Stone Face. Another man from the valley had been rumored to look like the face on the mountain. He was nicknamed Old Blood-and-Thunder while serving as a soldier.
12: A festival was held when Old Blood-and-Thunder returned to the valley. As he spoke to the crowd the | the Great Stone Face was in the background. Ernest could see that this was not the man that looked like the face in the mountain. "Don't worry, Ernest," the Great Stone Face seemed to whisper, "he will come."
13: Years past and Ernest got older. He had become a preacher. As the time passed the people realized that Old Blood-and-Thunder did not look like the Great Stone Face. The search continued for the man of the valley that looked like the Great Stone Face. A man from the valley returned to the valley, he was called Old Stony Phiz.
14: Old Stony Phiz returned to the valley. The people of the valley gathered to hear Old Stony Phiz talk. As Old Stony Phiz spoke the Great Stone Face was in the background. The crowd shouted, "Hooray for Old Stony Phiz." The people around Ernest said, "Look at Old Stony Phiz and then at the Great Stone Face, and see that they are like twin-brothers."
15: Ernest did not agree with the people of the valley. He imagined that the Great Stone Face said to him, "Don't worry, he will come."
16: Years past and Ernest grew older. He had heard about a poet from the valley that wrote about the Great Stone Face. The poet returned to the valley. The poet had heard about Ernest and went to his house. They talked about the Great Stone Face. Ernest thought that the poet was the man from the story his mother told him when he was a little boy. Ernest and the poet walked to an area in the woods where Ernest would give a sermon.
17: As Ernest gave his sermon to the people of the valley, the poet noticed that Ernest looked like the Great Stone Face.
19: The poet threw up his arms and shouted, "Ernest looks just like the Great Stone Face." All the people of valley looked and agreed with the poet. The man with the Great Stone Face was his own. The End
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