A notable detail found in the story is that the scientist does not take part in the experiment involving the sacred water from the fabled Fountain of Youth. His guests, however, undaunted, determine to sally forth in search of the Fountain of Youth in order to drink from it three times a day. After they are young again the quickly become foolish, they are drunk on their youth. He takes an old, withered rose from the black book of magic, a rose he professes bloomed fifty-five years prior. The artist breathes in every line of it. The narrator remarks that it is said that the mirror on the wall reflected three sickly old men fighting over the body of a withered old woman, rather than the four of them in their youthful prime.
They resolved forthwith to make a pilgrimage to Florida, and quaff at morning, noon, and night, from the Fountain of Youth. It works, and as they grow younger they begin acting like the reckless people they were in their youth, with the three men fighting over Widow Wycherly until the vase of water breaks. The four guests ironically repeat the same mistakes as they did in their youth. Heidegger gives for wanting to observe rather than partake in the experiment is interesting. The butterfly, at that point, falls dead to the floor. With the second glass, the group has reached middle age again, and they seem somewhat drunk. All of the characters are now behaving somewhat drunkenly.
He is not attracted to the magic of the water but instead the magic of its effects on human beings. Bland, nice minister goes all creepy for life. Once more, the narrator describes the effects of the water much like its physical appearance and smell as being like wine, adding to the uncertainty surrounding the question of whether the four are actually growing younger, or merely feel that they are. It flies over to Dr. Heidegger then claims that the liquid in the vase is water from the mythical Fountain of Youth.
One was too greedy, for example, while another's hedonistic lifestyle caused him to suffer from many illnesses. Heidegger asked them to help in the experiment, and he showed them a withered rose. Each book in the series has been designed with today's young reader in mind. If so, what was being tested? The old people drank the water and all of them rejuvenated, but at the time they felt very well and strong they began to behave at the same way than before with the same bad things that made their lives miserable. He was the son of Elizabeth Clarke Manning and Nathaniel Hathorne, a Captain in the U.
Only the doctor understands the value of age and wisdom, acting as an outside observer. Despite Heidegger's warning that he has learned to appreciate the advantage of age by watching the four of them make themselves fools, they learned no such lesson and resolve to make a pilgrimage to Florida to seek the Fountain. Much better than The Scarlet Letter, they explore human motivation--especially to do evil, religion and hypocrisy, and include a lot of historical references. This book is very important to the Doctor and must contain his disappointing past. A pesar de ser breve me encanto la manera de relatar de este autor, hacer tanto de una historia que no supera las 30 páginas, definir personajes, la historia y que además no te pareciera aburrida en ningún momento, lo cierto es que si hubiera hecho una novela respecto a este cuento, le hubiera quedado espectacular. GradeSaver, 28 June 2012 Web. The Maypole of Merry Mount - The historical paragraph preceding this story is more confusing than some others.
If so, what was being tested? Heidegger when he gazes at his reflection. Heidegger, remember, was at multiple points compared to Father Time, and when looked at in this way the four friends become stand-ins for all of humanity—the merchant, the army colonel, the politician, the beautiful woman it is a sort of sexist way of describing humanity from a modern point of view. Heidegger is not just interested in the physical effect of the water. All of his friends are old, white haired and going through difficult times in their lives. Will people make the same mistakes if they have a chance to start over? The doctor shows his guests a faded rose that she gave him those many years before, and places it in a vase containing liquid from the waters of the region in Florida where the Fountain of Youth is located, sent to him by a friend.
A strange chillness, whether of the body or spirit they could not tell, was creeping gradually over them all. These five sentences correctly sumarize the excerpt since they show the passage's events but do not include the long descriptions of the four guests and their reactions to their change. The effects of the liquid are almost immediate—but not quick enough for the four, who gulp down another glass immediately. He holds out alternative explanations for the phenomena depicted. The story immediately establishes Dr.
None of them thought it was possible. The water touches a butterfly on the verge of death, which springs back to life and lands on the white-haired head of Dr. Heidegger and settles on his snowy head. Heidegger announces to his friends that he has invited them to his study because he would like their assistance in an experiment of the sort that he often conducts. Instantly, their whole bodies seem younger, their hair grows darker, and suddenly they are all middle-aged again. Rather, his experiment seems to be about morality or perhaps, more broadly, about humanity: about how people behave when they get younger.
Now wizened in old age, they laugh at the idea that they would commit the same follies if given another opportunity to be young. Heidegger affirms that this is the case, and points out that the water from the fountain of youth has all been spilled on the floor. It is a dark comedy, as it makes one cynical, as well as meditative. Since they were so desperate, they joined. It quickly regains its color and youth and soon appears as though it has just bloomed.