The Snow Image and Other Twice-Told Tales

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THE CANTERBURY PILGRIMS.

THE summer moon, which shines in so many a tale, was beaming over a broad extent of uneven country. Some of its brightest rays were flung into a spring of water, where no traveller, toiling, as the writer has, up the hilly road beside which it gushes, ever failed to quench his thirst. The work of neat hands and considerable art was visible about this blessed fountain. An open cistern, hewn and hollowed out of solid stone, was placed above the waters, which filled it to the brim, but, by some invisible outlet, were conveyed away without dripping down its sides. Though the basin had not room for another drop, and the continual gush of water made a tremor on the surface, there was a secret charm that forbade it to overflow. I remember that when I had slaked my summer thirst, and sat panting by the cistern, it was my fanciful theory that Nature could not afford to lavish so pure a liquid, as she does the waters of all meaner fountains.

While the moon was hanging almost perpendicularly over this spot, two figures appeared on the summit of the hill, and came with noiseless footsteps down towards the spring. They were then in the first freshness of youth ; nor is there a wrinkle now on either of their brows, and yet they wore a strange, old-fashioned garb. One, a young man with ruddy cheeks, walked beneath the canopy of a broad-

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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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