Tuesday, September 18, 2007
"Suddenly this little woods-girl is horror-stricken...."
I read the most beautiful story for my American Literature class. It's called "A White Heron" by Sarah Orne Jewett, and it's one of the prettiest stories I've ever encountered. It might be online to be read, but it's so worth taking out a library book or ordering a cheap one on amazon.com. I won't say much about the story so as not to give anything away, but it's the tale of a young girl who lives a life of solitude with her grandmother, surrounded only by woods and animals, and a sea past the trees which she has never seen. Her little world gets turned upside down when a mysterious bird hunter finds her on a walk. It's about a choice between innocense and knowledge, like eve being tempted with an apple. "The woman's heart, asleep in the child, was vaguely thrilled by a dream of love."