The Snow Image and Other Twice-Told Tales

By Nathaniel Hawthorne | Go to book overview

ETHAN BRAND:
A CHAPTER FROM AN ABORTIVE RO-
MANCE.

BARTRAM the lime-burner, a rough, heavy-looking man, begrimed with charcoal, sat watching his kiln, at nightfall, while his little son played at building houses with the scattered fragments of marble, when, on the hillside below them, they heard a roar of laughter, not mirthful, but slow, and even solemn, like a wind shaking the boughs of the forest.

“ Father, what is that ?” asked the little boy, leaving his play and pressing betwixt his father’s knees.

“ Oh, some drunken man, I suppose,” answered the lime-burner; “ some merry fellow from the bar-room in the village, who dared not laugh loud enough within doors, lest he should blow the roof of the house off. So here he is, shaking his jolly sides at the foot of Graylock.”

“ But, father,” said the child, more sensitive than the obtuse, middle-aged clown, “ he does not laugh like a man that is glad. So the noise frightens me !”

“ Don’t be a fool, child I” cried his father, gruffly. “ You will never make a man, I do believe ; there is too much of your mother in you. I have known the rustling of a leaf to startle you. Hark ! Here comes the merry fellow, now. You shall see that there is no harm in him.”

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Introduction v
  • Preface - To Horatio Bridge, Esq., U.S.N xix
  • The Snow-Image - A Childish Miracle 1
  • The Great Stone Face 23
  • Main-Street 49
  • Ethan Brand - A Chapter from an Abortive Ro­ Mance 87
  • A Bell’s Biography 110
  • Sylph Etherege 119
  • The Canterbury Pilgrims 129
  • Old News 142
  • The Man of Adamant - An Apologue 176
  • The Devil in Manuscript 186
  • John Inglefield’s Thanks­ Giving 196
  • Old Ticonderoga - A Picture of the Past 203
  • The Wives of the Dead 210
  • Little Daffydowndilly 219
  • Major Molineux 228
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