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Nathaniel Hawthorne

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“The Great Stone Face” is a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It was originally published in 1850. The story takes place in a valley next to a mountain bearing an outcropping in the shape of a human face. It is prophesied that one day, someone born in the valley will grow up, achieve greatness, and will resemble the face. Ernest, a kind and gentle resident of the valley, admires the face and hopes to someday meet the person who will fulfill the prophecy. The story explores themes of virtue, beauty, and false forms of greatness.

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