Sarah Orne Jewett's "A White Heron" portrays a segment of the life of a nine year old city girl who has come to stay with her grandmother in the country. The narrator explains that Sylvia has learned quickly about nature and its importance.
Each day, Sylvia's job involves finding a cow that likes to hide and bringing her home. Without knowing what she has discovered, Sylvia has found the nest of an endangered white heron.
On her way home, she meets a young man carrying a gun who is an ornithologist. The hunter shots birds, stuffs them, and studies them. Despite her fear of him, he comes home with Sylvia to stay the night so that he can search for the white heron. When the man learns that Sylvia knows about birds, he offers her ten...
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