The Little White Horse
Just messing with you.
Well the…moreLet me guess, you're still sore that "To kill a mockingbird" didn't have a word about killing mocking birds in it? LOL.
Just messing with you.
Well there is a horse (a unicorn) IN the book, but it's ABOUT a girl named Maria moving into a her cousin's magical mansion. It has a great significance to the story, though, so it's a fitting title. (less)
But the didactic elements! Man, I see why Goudge set the story in 1842 instead of a century later, when it was actually written. Over and over, the emphasis on Maria having to learn to accept and embody feminine virtues (and they are explicitly denoted as feminine ...more
For me, I first read this book when I was probably seven or eight, and adored it at first read. It has remained one of my favorite childhood books. There's sheer magic in the descriptions - like Maria's room at the mano ...more
Set in the Moonacre valley, a young girl who has recently been orphaned comes to live with her uncle who is Sir Merryweather owner of a wonderful house. When Maria is shown up to her room she discovers it has a tiny door with a tiny silver horse shoe knocker, only big enough for herself to go through. As w ...more
Maria Merryweather was born and raised in London, but when was thirteen she was orphaned and sent to live with her last living relative – Sir Benjamin of Moonacre Manor – in the heart of the country. She travelled with her go ...more
Maria Merryweather, who recently became an orphan, is sent to live with her cousin Sir Benjamen wi ...more
Elizabeth Goudge is a masterful writer and story-teller! She is superb with creating entirely charming characters that you not only can picture perfectly in your mind's eye, but characters that you feel like you truly know and want to know more deeply. Like the lovely and sweet Loveday, Marmaduke Scarlet and his mammoth vocabulary, the understanding and huggable Sir Benjamin, the mysterious and plucky Robin, and an admira ...more
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. With her are her strict but loving governess Miss Heliotrope, and King Charles spaniel, Wiggins. 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...more
Set in 19th century England, it is a magical story of the newly orphaned Maria who has to leave her London home to stay with her guardian Sir Benjamin Merryweather, at Moonacre Manor. Before they arrive Maria and ...more
The story is about a young girl who finds herself an orphan and moves from high-society London to her only surviving relative' ...more
Elizabeth Goudge blends skillfully fairy tales, folk songs, real life events and suspenseful episodes. Thee are wild and domestic animals that live with human beings, there are unicorns playing important roles in the novel, there are dwarf like people, there is the allegorical clash between the Sun & Moon (Light) vs Darkness & Night, there are moral lessons teaching one (1) to give to God what He deserves; (2) to control o ...more
I wonder if Devon is even half as enchanting in real life as it is portrayed in this book!!! If so, I want to go...
I liked the cleverness of the wording, the author shows a facility with language that is a true delight, with p ...more
Got to reread this sometime soon.
By the third paragraph, I knew that I would love it.
"Humanity can be roughly divided into three sorts of people -- those who find comfort in literature, those who find comfort in personal adornment, and those who find comfort in food; and Miss ...more
The Little White Horse is a little fairytale, really. I remember a friend in first year recommendng it to me over and over again, so I had quite high hopes, but I don't think it's really that special. Everything is very predictable, and often slightly silly -- mistaking a lion for a dog, really? It's kind of sweet, at times, but it edges into too sweet. I'd have liked more of a sense of risk, and for things to come a bit less easil ...more
Once again, I'm glad I did. My impressions were correct in that I think it would appeal to young teenage girls, mostly due ...more
However, the bo ...more
I think it's cause for it was too slow and the dialogue between the character was not too realistic. It was all the same
Maria saw Robin (her imaginary friend) and she also sees him in front of her face. He's real. Yeah I get it.
Maria come to Moonacre
She discovers she is the lost moon princess and it really shows in so many waves she is the princess. How the animals always are calm when she arrived at the wood and how the hou ...more
One of the things that I loved about the book was the choice of the optimistic, bright, kind character, who definitely made the story more magical than it would actually have been. The book is vivid, dripping with rich imagery, set in ...more
Elizabeth Goudge's children's stories have been compared to the writing of E. Nesbit. Nesbit is one of my favorite authors, and the comparison is apt, especially once you ...more
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Elizabeth de Beauchamp Goudge was born on 24 April 1900 in Wells, Somerset, in Tower House close by the cathedral in an area known as The Liberty, Her father, the Reverend Henry Leighton Goudge, taught in the cathedral school. Her mother was Miss Ida Collenette from the Channel Isles. Elizabeth was an only child. ...more
Maria: I have not quite decided yet, but I think I shall marry a boy I knew in London.
Robin(yells): What? Marry some mincing nincompoop of a Londoner with silk stockings and a pomade in his hair and face like a Cheshire cheese? You dare do such a thing! You - Maria - if you marry a London man I'll wring his neck! (...) I'll not only wring his neck, I'll wring everybody's necks, and I'll go right away out of the valley, over the hills to the town where my father came from, and I won't ever come back here again. So there!
Maria: Why don't you want me to marry that London boy?
Robin(shouting): Because you are going to marry me. Do you hear, Maria? You are going to marry me.”