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The Golden Touch, recounts the tale of King Midas popularly remembered for his ability to turn everything he touched into gold. In the version told by Hawthorne, Midas' daughter came to him, upset about the roses that had lost their fragrance and become hard, and when he reached out to comfort her, she turned to gold as well. Now, Midas hated the gift he had coveted. He prayed to Dionysus, begging to be delivered from starvation. Dionysus heard his prayer, and consented, telling Midas to wash in the river Pactolus. Then, whatever he put into the water would be reversed of the touch. Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was an American novelist, dark romantic, and short story writer. His, A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys, first published in 1851, is a children's book in which he retells several Greek myths. Walter Crane (1845-1915) was an English artist and book illustrator. Printed at the Riverside Press, 1893.
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