Monster 1285 "The chimera…ugliest and most poisonous creature, and the strangest and unaccountablest and the hardest to fight with, and the most difficult to run away from…had a tail like a boa-constrictor…had three separate heads, one of which was a lion’s, the second a goat’s and the third an abominably great snake’s…a hot blast of fire came flaming out of each of its three mouths." “The Chimera” Hawthorne’s The Wonder Book for Boys and Girls
Monster 1296 "The snake’s head, however, (which was the only one now left) was twice as fierce and venomous as ever…belched forth shoots of fire, five hundred yards long, and emitted hisses so loud, so harsh, and so ear-piercing…." “The Chimera” Hawthorne’s The Wonder Book for Boys and Girls
Monster 1297 "At their approach, it [the chimera] shot out a tremendous blast of its fiery breath, and enveloped Bellerophon and his steed in a perfect atmosphere of flame; singeing the wings of Pegasus, scorching off one whole side of the young man’s golden ringlets, and making them both far hotter than was comfortable, from head to foot." “The Chimera” Hawthorne’s The Wonder Book for Boys and Girls. Hawthorne painted a pretty vivid picture of this particular monster.