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And Other Twice-Told Tales,17 short stories by Hawthorne, published in 1851. The volume includes historical sketches, tales of the supernatural, and such allegorical stories as “Ethan Brand,” “My Kinsman, Major Molyneux,” and “The Great Stone Face.”

“The Snow-Image: A Childish Miracle” is an allegory in which Peony and Violet Lindsey, gay, fanciful children, build an image of snow, encouraged by their mother, who tells them it will be their snow-sister and playfellow. In their enthusiasm they are hardly surprised when the image comes to life as a beautiful child in a flimsy white dress, who plays with them in the garden. When the children's father, a matter-of-fact merchant, comes home, he disregards their remonstrances and takes the snow-child into the house, intending to clothe her, feed her, and take her to her own home. But the child vanishes, and only a pool of water remains before the stove. The author concludes that “should some phenomenon of nature or providence transcend” the system of men of Lindsey's stamp, “they will not recognize it, even if it come to pass under their very noses. What has been established as an element of good to one being may prove absolute mischief to another.”

Subjects: Literature.

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Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804—1864) American novelist and short-story writer

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