• Call Number: COTSEN1_c91
    Container: Box 1, Folder 12

"The Hermit's Tale"

1 item

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This collection is stored at Firestone Library, RBSC South East, Cotsen.

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Collection Creator: Chrystie, Mary A., 1825-1842.

Dates: Undated.

Located In: Box 1, Folder 12

Extent: 1 item

Dimensions: 24.9 x 39.3 cm

Physical Description:

One sheet folded in half; appears to have been bound with other pages at some point.

Languages: English.

Access Restrictions

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.

Preferred Citation

"The Hermit's Tale"; Undated; Mary Chrystie Papers, Box 1, Folder 12; , Princeton University Library.

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