The Great Stone Face stood near where Ernest and his mother lived.
One would clearly distinguish the features of the Stone Face only from a distance.
Ernest loved his mother and helped her in her work.
Though not very rich, Gathergold was a skillful merchant.
Gathergold died in poverty and neglect.
The Great Stone Face seemed to suggest that Ernest should not fear the general.
What was the Great Stone Face?
Great Stone Face was a fine work of nature. The mountain and rocks stood next to each other in such a way that it resembled the features of a human face.
What did young Ernest wish when he gazed at it?
Young Ernest wished that the Stone Face could speak. Since it looked very kind, it felt he must have a very pleasant voice.
What was the story attributed to the Stone Face?
The story was that in future there was going to be a man, who was destined to become the greatest and noblest person of his time. This man would bear an exact similarity with the face of the Great Stone Face.
What gave the people of the valley the idea that the prophecy was about to come true for the first time ?
A great man named Gathergold had attained a lot of wealth. He had now decided to come back to his native valley. There was a rumour in the valley that he resembled the Stone Face.
Did Ernest see in Gathergold the likeness of the Stone Face?
No, Ernest did not see any likeness in Gathergold and the Stone Face.
Who did he confide in and how was he proved right?
He confided in the Stone Face. The Face seemed to say that the man of the prophecy would come. Somebody did come.
What made people believe General Blood-and-Thunder was their man?
General Blood-and-Thunder was a famous commander who had fought a great deal in the battlefield. His friends from childhood said that he had always resembled the Stone Face. This made people believe that General Blood-and-Thunder was their man.
Ernest compared the man’s face with Stone Face. What did he conclude?
He concluded that there was no likeness between the General’s face and the Stone Face. They were totally different from each other.
Imagine you are Ernest. Narrate the story that his mother told him. Begin like this :
My mother and I were sitting at the door of our cottage. We were looking at the Great Stone Face. I asked her if she had ever seen anyone who looked like the Stone Face. Then she told me this story.
My mother and I were sitting at the door of our cottage. We were looking at the Great Stone Face. I asked her if she had ever seen anyone who looked like the Stone Face. Then she told me this story. She told me that that according to an old prophecy at some future day, a child would be born in the valley who was destined to became the greatest and noblest person of his time. His face, in manhood, would bear an exact resemblance to the Great Stone Face.
Imagine you are Gathergold. Write briefly the incident of your return to the valley. Begin like this:
My name is Gathergold. I left the valley of the Great Stone Face fifty years ago. I am now going back home. Will the people of the valley welcome me ? Do they know that I am very rich ?
My name is Gathergold. I left the valley of the Great Stone Face fifty years ago. I am now going back home. Will the people of the valley welcome me ? Do they know that I am very rich ? I was surprised when I saw all the preparations town folks did to receive me. When I reached the town, everyone waved at me. I waved them back from my carriage. The carriage was drawn by four horses. It seemed that everyone was aware of my wealth and they cheered me on my good fortune. People shouted—“The very image of the Great Stone Face. The old prophecy has come true. We have the great man at last.” They made me feel so special.