There is the finest and rarest genius in this brilliant story. Upgrown people would do wisely occasionally to lay aside their newspapers and magazines to spend an hour with Curdie and the Princess. A sequel to The Princess and the Goblin.
or nothing. Silver ore was what they were sent to find, and in darkness and danger they found it. But oh, how sweet was the air on the mountain face when they came out at sunset to go home to wife and mother! They did breathe deep then!
The mines belonged to the king of the country, and the miners were his servants, working under his overseers and officers. He was a real king - that is, one who ruled for the good of his people and not to please himself, and he wanted the silver not to buy rich things for himself, but to help him to govern the country, and pay the ones that defended it from certain troublesome neighbours, and the judges whom he set to portion out righteousness among the people, that so they might learn it themselves, and come to do without judges at all. Nothing that could be got from the heart of the earth could have been put to better purposes than the silver the king's miners got for him. There were people in the country who, when it came into their hands, degraded it by locking i
I found the first few chapters of this utterly fascinating. The rest of it is an interesting, unusual, quirky story that is worth reading, but most the real gem paragraphs are very early in the book. Really inspired me to read more of George MacDonald.
This book is simply amazing. It was read to me when I was a child, and I read it still, and every time I open it I find something that I had not seen before. It's descriptions are entrancing, its layers simultaneously simply and complex, and its beauty beyond my expression. It will fire the imagination of any open mind.