Happy Spring Break! Today is the first day of vacation, and you might be able to tell that people are more than a little annoyed with the weather here in Chicago-land. Personally, I don’t mind. I always like a day which gives me ‘permission’ to read inside; you know, where I don’t have to look at all the exercise freaks running, skating, or biking past our house on the riverwalk and feel there’s something wrong with me for only exercising my hands. As they hold a book.
It’s been a movie o’rama here at Bellezza’s house. We rented Somerset Maugham’s “A Painted Veil” on Saturday night (loved it!), George Clooney’s film “Michael Clayton” on Sunday night (a very engrossing thriller), and just now have returned from AMC 30 where we saw “21”. That’s the film with the Harvard student brainiac who is hired by his Linear Equations teacher (Kevin Spacey) to bamboozle money out of the gambling tables in Vegas. It was excellent! Really! Loved. It.
This particular copy, from our elementary school’s library, was published in 1993 for Everyman’s Library by Alfred A. Knopf. The original publication date was 1871.
It has delightful illustrations, which include everything you’d want a fantasy story to have: a King, a princess, a hero, nurses, mothers and goblins.
It tells of a princess who meets her grandmother in a hidden turret of the castle in which she lives, who gives her an Invisible Thread. The princess is able to follow this thread whenever she gets lost and thus find her way to safety. Except, no one believes in either a.) the grandmother or b.) the thread. However, this effects the princess not one whit, as she continues to be both good and faithful in her daily life. She also enjoys the ministrations of her grandmother who is able to heal and comfort her when she emerges from life’s little scrapes.
Unbeknownst to the princess, goblins who work the mine have developed a scheme to kidnap her in order to marry their Prince Harelip. A fine young man named Curdie hears of this scheme, and rescues our princess from a most unfortunate marriage, as well as her whole family from the goblin’s secondary scheme of destroying the castle.