by Danny Garrett, Austin, Texas
On this page you get some idea of how Letitia laid out her pattern of illuminations. If you squint at the it, the artwork seems to step forward and you can see that while irregular, the illuminations have a consistent pattern. This consistency enhances the proportionality of text to image, and is surprisingly balanced. The tall trees of the “Forest” enjoy an encore.
At the same time,Princess April’s constant companion, the blue butterfly. reappears with a new dynamic – animation. With the words “…the blue butterfly as he fluttered after her”, we actually see a four-part sequence of such a flight.
Only one unique illumination on this page – a bust-shot of the blue butterfly depicting anxiety above the word “moaned”, with rolling eyes and ‘hands’ to head enhancing the emotion.
A new signature illumination appears as Fairy Misery gets a black star and a red crown over her two-word name.
This debut of her crown also features the black banner – with all-seeing eye – appearing above it. The crown will appear on subsequent pages, but without this banner.
The last illuminations are, once more, of Princess April Morning-Glory. So the illuminated names of both protagonist and antagonist appear together.