“A White Heron” Audio

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“A White Heron,” an 1886 short story by American author Sarah Orne Jewett, features Sylvia, a young girl who comes from a big city to live in the country with her grandmother. Focusing not on Sylvia’s transition to a different mode of life but rather on how immersion in that life affects her character and values, the story follows Sylvia as, searching for their cow one evening, she encounters a young ornithologist hunting for a rare bird. Soon, however, he makes a proposal that challenges Sylvia’s loyalty to the natural world she loves.

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If you found this reading of A White Heron by Sarah Orne Jewett to be helpful in visualizing the story and characters, you may enjoy some of our other Introduction to Literature (E1) videos


When will you read Sarah Orne Jewett’s writing in Excellence in Literature?

You will study Jewett in EIL Unit 1 (Short Stories) and as an Honors text in EIL 2.6


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