steps outside, across a paved court, through the brazen gates, along half-roused streets where people were opening their shops, through the huge gates of the city, and out into the wide road vanishing northwards--the princess struggling and screaming all the time, and the wise woman holding her tight. When at length she was too tired to struggle or scream any more, the wise woman unfolded her cloak and set her down, and the princess saw the light and opened her swollen eyelids. There was nothing in sight that she had ever seen before! City and palace had disappeared. They were upon a wide road going straight on, with a ditch on each side of it, that, behind them, widened into the great moat surrounding the city. She cast up a terrified look into the wise woman's face that gazed down upon her gravely and kindly. Now the princess did not in the least understand kindness. She always took it for a sign either of partiality or fear. So when the wise woman looked kindly upon her, she rushed at her, butting with her
This tale by George MacDonald is a must read for every parent and semi-grown child.
For the visitors of the site who are not acquainted with G. MacDonald's legacy and works, it is a nice starting read. One should be aware that the author is very highly addictive. Among his admirers are John Tolkien and CS Lewis. This recommendation should be enough, isn't it?
I wish you sincerely nice time with this great tale.