The Great Stone Face II – Summary

This is the continuation of the Great Stone Face-I. The Great Stone Face is written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, where he describes the confusion and search of person in identifying the face made on hills as real man.


Many years passed. Ernest was now a middle aged man. Age brought white hairs upon his head and wrinkles across his face. But it also made him very wise. He became famous in the valley. Learned men from cities came to see him and talk with him.

When Earnest had been growing old, a new poet who was previously the native of that valley arrived there. He had spoken high of the Great Stone Face also in his poem. His songs also reached Ernest’s ears. It appeared to him that his face had the likeness of the Stone Face.

The poet too had heard of Ernest’s wisdom and wished to meet him. One summer day he arrived at Ernest’s door. He sought a night’s shelter. Ernest readily agreed. The two talked together. The poet found his host very wise, gentle, kind and hospitable.

Ernest looked into the poet’s eyes and features. He compared the poet’s face with that of the Stone Face. When the poet asked him why he was looking sad he told that all through his life he had awaited the fulfilment of a prophecy and when he read his poems he became convinced that the poet was the real Stone Faced man.

The poet, however, claimed that he did not bear the likeness to the stone face. It was true that he had high dreams in his mind but sometimes he himself had no belief in those dreams. The eyes of both were wet with tears.

In the evening, together they went to a meeting place. Ernest spoke out his thoughts. His words had power because they had depth. They were the words of life, a life of good deeds and selfless love. His face took on a grand expression.

The poet cried out that Ernest was the real likeness of that Stone Face. The people agreed with him. The prophecy was fulfilled, the poet thought so. But Ernest still kept hoping that some wiser and better man than himself would appear looking very much like the Great Stone Face.

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