Synopses & Reviews
The Great Stone Face is a novella written by Nathaniel Hawthorne that tells the story of a young boy named Ernest who lives in a small village nestled in the shadow of a mountain. The mountain is famous for its natural formation of a human-like face that has been carved into the stone by the forces of nature. The legend of the Great Stone Face is that one day, a person will appear who will resemble the face and be the greatest and noblest person of their time.Ernest is a dreamer and spends much of his time staring up at the mountain, hoping to catch a glimpse of the person who will fulfill the prophecy. As he grows older, he becomes convinced that the person he has been waiting for is a famous politician named Mr. Gathergold, who has come to the village to build a factory and make his fortune.Despite the excitement that Mr. Gathergold brings to the village, Ernest remains convinced that he is not the person he has been waiting for. As the years go by, Ernest becomes a respected member of the community and a wise and thoughtful man. When an old friend returns to the village and tells Ernest that he is the person who resembles the Great Stone Face, Ernest realizes that the prophecy has been fulfilled and that he has become the noblest person of his time.The Great Stone Face is a timeless tale of hope, perseverance, and the power of the human spirit. Hawthorne's beautiful prose and vivid descriptions bring the story to life and make it a classic that has been enjoyed by generations of readers.This is an easy to read story, suitable both for adults and children, about the psychological and mystical workings of the human mind.This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the old original and may contain some imperfections such as library marks and notations. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions, that are true to their original work.