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  • Writer's pictureLinda Odhner, with photos by Liz Kufs

Excerpted Inspirations #129

Then the great old young beautiful princess turned to Curdie. “Now, Curdie, are you ready?” she said. “Yes, ma’am,” answered Curdie. “You do not know what for.” “You do, ma’am. That is enough.” “You could not have given me a better answer, or done more to prepare yourself, Curdie,” she returned, with one of her radiant smiles. “Do you think you will know me again?” “I think so. But how can I tell what you may look like next?” “Ah, that indeed! How can you tell? Or how could I expect you should? But those who know me well, know me whatever new dress or shape or name I may be in; and by-and-by you will have learned to do so too.” “But if you want me to know you again, ma’am, for certain sure,” said Curdie, “could you not give me some sign, or tell me something about you that never changes – or some other way to know you, or thing to know you by?” “No, Curdie; that would be to keep you from knowing me. You must know me in quite another way from that. It would not be the least use to you or me either if I were to make you know me in that way. It would be but to know the sign of me – not to know me myself. It would be no better than if I were to take this emerald out of my crown and give it to you to take home with you, and you were to call it me, and talk to it as if it heard and saw and loved you. Much good that would do you, Curdie! No; you must do what you can to know me, and if you do, you will. You shall see me again – under very different circumstances from these, and, I will tell you so much, it may be in a very different shape.” -George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie (1883), pp. 78-80

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