Today's illustration is from The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. Princess Irene is looking at her starry ceiling, with no idea of the horrible goblins in the caverns beneath her mountain. This novel is pretty much a fairy tale in style and scope. My only issue with it (and it's a small one, probably to be expected from a fairy tale type book) is that all of the forces for good are beautiful while the evil creatures (goblins) are hideous. It makes me wonder what would change in a similar story if the forces for good were hideous on the outside but beautiful on the inside, while the evil characters were pretty to look at but hideous on the inside. I guess that would be the story told from a goblin's point of view...
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