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Feathertop: Based on the Tale by Nathaniel…

Feathertop: Based on the Tale by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1992)

by Robert D. San Souci

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“... we are not endowed with real life, and all
that seems most real about us is but the
thinnest substance of a dream—till the heart
be touched. That touch creates us.”

—Nathaniel Hawthorne, from his notebooks
For Rose O’Neil
with boundless love
from both of us

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On a morning near the end of October, Mother Rigby, one of the most powerful witches in early New England, rose with the sun.
“I’ve seen worse heads on many a pair of shoulders in town,” laughed the witch. “But it’s clothes that make the man!”
“All people in love are witches and wizards,” the old woman answered softly.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440410967, Paperback)

Long ago in New England, a powerful witch made a scarecrow from a collection of old scraps. The witch was so pleased with her creation that she decided to bring it to life. With a puff of magic smoke, the scarecrow was transformed into a handsome young man and christened Feathertop. The mischievous witch then sent Feathertop off to woo the beautiful Polly Gookin, and soon Feathertop and Polly were deeply in love. But Feathertop was, after all, merely a patchwork of sticks and witchcraft. Only the magic of love could make him truly human.

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When a witch creates a scarecrow and uses him to play a joke on the local judge, the judge's daughter falls in love with the scarecrow.

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