Sometimes the doctor launched into long tales
In point of fact, the country which is the scene of the following tale
has undergone as little change, since the historical events alluded to had place, as almost any other district of equal extent within the whole limits of the United States.
So little adapted is the atmosphere of a Custom-house to the delicate harvest of fancy and sensibility, that, had I remained there through ten Presidencies yet to come, I doubt whether the tale
of "The Scarlet Letter" would ever have been brought before the public eye.
Just sufficient time had elapsed to enable each story-teller to dress up his tale
with a little becoming fiction, and, in the indistinctness of his recollection, to make himself the hero of every exploit.
The first of these touches conveyed that the written statement took up the tale
at a point after it had, in a manner, begun.
That man who had been sent to Jurgis' father by the boss, he would rise; the man who told tales
and spied upon his fellows would rise; but the man who minded his own business and did his work--why, they would "speed him up" till they had worn him out, and then they would throw him into the gutter.
Marry, we shall have it a again," sighed the boy; "that same old weary tale
that he hath told a thousand times in the same words, and that he WILL tell till he dieth, every time he hath gotten his barrel full and feeleth his exaggeration-mill a-working.
And I have noticed another thing: that as the short tale
grows into the long tale
, the original intention (or motif) is apt to get abolished and find itself superseded by a quite different one.
Now, my father, I will go back a little, for my tale
is long and winds in and out like a river in a plain, and tell of the fate of Umslopogaas when the lion had taken him, as he told it to me in the after years.
The author did not make any obstinate opposition, for he began to be of opinion with Dr Wheeler, in Miss Edgeworth's excellent tale
Now, my friends," said she, "to wile away the time till the bright moon goes down, let us each tell a tale
, or relate what we have done or learned this day.
In the Sketches from Memory Hawthorne gives an intimation of the tale
which he might write and did afterward write of The Great Carbuncle.