Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American novelist and short story writer, who became one of the leading writers of his time. "The Ambitious Guest" is the short story based on the Willey tragedy of Crawford Notch. A young traveler stopped for the night with a family that lived in a "notch" near a mountain. They made friendly conversation that has been interrupted once by the sound of rocks falling from the slope. The father reassured the visitor that rockfalls happen regularly without causing harm, and the family has a "safe place" to go in case of serious collapse. Unfortunately the large avalanche has slid that night… Read the story filled with mystique and secrets and enjoy the Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writer masterpiece!