“The Gray Champion” by Nathaniel Hawthorne #42

There have been multiple times in this country’s past when the rulers of Great Britain sought to either brings the colonies of North America under their control, or to limit freedoms. However, the powers in England were not always strong, and sometimes they lost power themselves. One such example was in the case of James II, who lost his throne to William III. With rumors of this weakening of British power, the colonists seize on this opportunity. The people of New England revolt against their governor Sir Edmund Andros, who had been appointed by James II. But then again, how can they overcome such a great enemy?

If this keeps up, I may become a big fan of colonial short fiction. Like "Rip Van Winkle," by the time I was finished with this story, I was reminded yet again of some of the incredible things that the forefathers of this country had to do to achieve our independence. Until now, I had never read Hawthorne before, and so it took a few pages to grow accustomed to the cadence of his writing style. Sometimes, I had to read, whether I wanted to or not, up to seven, or even eight commas, in one sentence. It was all rather distracting, and could get really old, but by the end of his story, I had grown accustomed to it. As I approached the story’s conclusion, I was practically cheering on the colonists, and admiring the gray champion’s determination. You can read it in Great Short Stories of the Masters.

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