"The Hermit's Tale"
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Collection Creator: Chrystie, Mary A., 1825-1842.
Located In: Box 1, Folder 12
Extent: 1 item
Dimensions: 24.9 x 39.3 cm
One sheet folded in half; appears to have been bound with
other pages at some point.
This collection is open for research.
The first four pages of a story by Mary Chrystie entitled "The
Hermit's Tale." The epigraph is a quotation from "The Minstrel; or,
The Progress of Genius," by James Beattie, who also wrote a poem
called "The Hermit" (1771). The plot of this fragment seems to have
been influenced by both poems. In the story, a young traveler on a
hiking trip hears about a hermit who is supposed to live in the
passes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It contains some lyrical
descriptions of landscape: "The night was dark for the moon had not
risen but ten thousand times ten thousand little stars were peeping
from thier (sic) azure home..." The traveler finds the hermit, "an
old man with beard hanging to his waist and long unshorn locks," and
tells the hermit about his life. But the story breaks off just as
the Hermit begins to tell his own story, a didactic tale "to show
how sorrow in age springs from pleasure in youth." The location of
the rest of the story is unknown.
"The Hermit's Tale"; Undated; Mary Chrystie Papers, Box 1, Folder 12; , Princeton University Library.
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