Theory:

The Great Stone Face, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is an interesting, fanciful short story. It is woven around the character named Earnest. Earnest, inspired by the legend narrated by his mother on The Great Stone Face, awaits its arrival from his childhood days.
 
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A little boy waiting
 
The legend is, a Child will be born resembling this image, exhibiting noble qualities. Such a divine kid would be the greatest person of his age. He spent hours gazing at the Great Stone Face every day, once his routine work gets completed. When there is a rumour on the arrival of such a person resembling a great stone face, his inner voice dismissed it with a reason, that it is not so. It is because he couldn’t relate that person (Mr. Gathergold) to the Great Stone Face.
 
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The Rich Man
 
The rumour did not last long, but when Gathergold died in poverty, people refused to accept him to be the human Great Stone Face. Earnest still awaited its arrival. Again a day came, when a chief Commander who is the citizen of the Valley, returned, to live his final days in his native. People again portrayed him to be the human Great Stone Face.
 
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The Commander
 
Again, Earnest dismissed the claim with the reason he does not resemble its appearance. His quest to see The Great Stone Face's human figure never ended till the end, but continued.