Hawthorne, Nathaniel (1804-1864) Autograph Manuscript Quote from The Chimaera, [from] Hawthorne's A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys, Signed, Lenox, 2 October 1851. Single leaf of wove blue paper inscribed on one side, bottom with date and signature formerly cut away (now re-joined with archival materials on verso), losses to bottom blank margins, tear to top left corner, 8 3/4 x 7 1/4 in.
"I copy from a proof sheet, which happens to be at hand:--
'This is very delicious water,' said Bellerophon to the maiden as he rinsed and filled her pitcher, after drinking out of it. 'Will you be kind enough to tell me whether the fountain has any name?'
'Yes; it is called the Fountain of Pirene,' answered the maiden; and then she added, 'My grandmother has told me that this clear fountain was once a beautiful woman; and when her son was killed by the arrows of the huntress Diana, she melted all away into tears. And so the water, which you find so cool and sweet, is the sorrow of that poor mother's heart!'"
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