From The King’s Stilts:
“From November to May he sits there smoking his pipe.” (In the cold months? Like the Grinch?) “He hears sharp voices of children playing underneath the cliffs toward Easthampton,” it continues.
A more likely Grinch archetype, however, was the celebrated “hermit of Mt. Tom” William Street, who lived in his deteriorating hotel, the Eyrie House, on nearby Mt. Nonotuck, the northernmost peak of Mt. Tom. When the hotel's business drastically slacked off in the 1890s, he was “seemingly content to live in his lofty home apart from his fellow men,” according to an article in the Springfield Union on April 14, 1901, the day a fire burned a replacement to the Eyrie House that he was building—an incident that left him an embittered man. (The state then took his property by eminent domain.) He is pictured on the observation deck of the Eyrie House on the left in a photo from the Robert Schwobe Collection:
Could William Street or the “celestial hermit” or “Badger” be a model for the Grinch? Are you buying this theory?
Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!