Maria Merryweather, a thirteen-year-old is heading from London into the country, to Moonacre Manor where she is to live with her cousin, Sir Benjamin Merryweather, as she has lost her father, while her mother had died when she was younger. Maria is sceptical of going to the country which she feels will be dull after life in London, and the way there has not been very promising. But as soon as they be. But as soon as they begin to approach Moonacre Manor, it begins to work its magic on her and when they arrive and she meets Sir Benjamin and they are shown their rooms, she knows she is home. So begins her life at Moonacre where there is much that is mysterious and magical, mostly in a good way little sugary biscuits placed in her room, her clothes being laid out for her everyday when there seems to be no maid in the house.
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Her new guardian, her uncle Sir Benjamin, is kind and funny; the Manor itself feels like home right away; and every person and animal she meets is like an old friend. But there is something incredibly sad beneath all of this beauty and comfort—a tragedy that happened years ago, shadowing Moonacre Manor and the town around it—and Maria is determined to learn about it, change it, and give her own life story a happy ending.
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The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge: a fairytale of middle-aged love
So let me begin by saying what did NOT work for me—namely, a few of the Christian themes that are integral to the structure of The Little White Horse , plus a couple of other philosophical ideas that underpin the book:. Instead, Goudge reveals them to us one at a time, drawing us deeper into the mystery that surrounds Moonacre Manor. All this I lapped up without batting an eyelash. Goudge is simply superb at creating a highly atmospheric setting—one can feel the hint of sinisterness lurking beneath the unabashed joy of the Moonacre Valley and the Silverydew village. This is true for all of her food scenes as well!
The Little White Horse
Her new guardian, her uncle Sir Benjamin, is kind and funny; the Manor itself feels like home right away; and every person and animal she meets is like an old friend. But there is something incredibly sad beneath all of this beauty and comfort—a tragedy that happened years ago, shadowing Moonacre Manor and the town around it—and Maria is determined to learn about it, change it, and give her own life story a happy ending. But what can one solitary girl do? Elizabeth Goudge was born in in Somerset, England. Read An Excerpt. Add to Cart. Also available from:.
There's a good one just off Kensington High Street, a fine one in Hampstead, and a fabulous one near my mother's house in Dublin, which, after dark has, just as it should, a light shining from a single window high in the tower wall. Sometimes the yearning is so strong that I gaze up at these houses wondering if it would be possible to knock on the front door and ask if I could climb the spiral stair and look at the tower room, just to see if it has floors and walls in silvery oak and stone, and a vaulted ceiling carved with stars and a sickle moon. I'm quite reasonable about it — obviously I don't expect to find an arched door too small for a grownup, a miniature grate with a fire of pine cones, a white sheepskin rug, a four-poster bed with blue silk curtains embroidered with silver stars and a blue wooden box with sugar biscuits — but I do wonder whether, if I did knock, the owner would instantly identify a fellow reader of Elizabeth Goudge's book The Little White Horse, and the room where the orphaned Maria finds sanctuary, "as chickens scurry for shelter under their mother's wings … safe for evermore". I was given the lovely Puffin edition when I was eight, but imagined myself just as grown up as year-old Maria, "considered plain, with her queer silvery-grey eyes that were so disconcertingly penetrating, her straight reddish hair and thin pale face with its distressing freckles".