By Nathaniel Hawthorne
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As the young man took his place by the fire, something like heavy footsteps was heard outside. It sounded like someone was running down the side of the mountain, taking enormous steps. The father looked out one of the windows.
"That old mountain has thrown another stone at us again. He must have been afraid we would forget him. He sometimes shakes his head and makes us think he will come down on top of us," the father explained to the young man....