The faith of a princess Apr28

The faith of a princess...

Though The Princess and the Goblin is very much an allegory where the grandmother represents God and makes a distinct point about the importance of believing without seeing, the story is not simply a sermon. The princess leads her new friend Curdie out of a tough situation by following a golden thread that’s been given to her by her grandmother. Curdie cannot see the thread, but is impressed nonetheless by their escape. Afterwards he agrees to meet this grandmother she’s been talking about. The princess leads him to a far room in a castle, where she begins talking to someone who he can’t see or hear. He feels the princess is making fun of him, and rudely tells her as much when she won’t admit her grandmother is make-believe. He leaves abruptly and the princess is distressed at his reaction. I find myself marveling at the faith of a Princess. When the princess asks her grandmother why he couldn’t see her, the grandmother replies, “Curdie is not yet able to believe some things. Seeing is not believing—it is only seeing… you must be content, I say, to be misunderstood for a while. We are all very anxious to be understood, and it is very hard not to be. But there is one thing much more necessary… to understand other people.” I have always loved George MacDonald. His books have delighted and filled my spirit for years now and I return to them again and again, always appreciating them and learning from them as I lose myself in the pages of another world. I came across a quote the other day from Tolkien in reference to MacDonald that gave me pause. Tolkien said MacDonald was “an old grandmother who preached instead of wrote.” Tolkien said...