by Danny Garrett
A beautiful illustration commands half of the page. It is an image of a lonely princess in a high tower that our wayfarers and the mended bird have come upon. This is one of Letitia’s most powerful of all the book’s images, and one of my personal favorites. The princess is resplendent in a purple gown trimmed in ermine. Atop her head is a conical headpiece with two veils – one violet and the other blue, matching her undergarment. It is my opinion, as well as others, that this princess is indeed Letitia herself. Even the posture and the countenance speak to it. A comparison of the two can be found in this montage:
The lower half of the page is replete with illumination. The first is a miniature reproduction of the tower with a blue banner fluttering in the breeze. When the beautiful bird is illuminated again, it comes across as blue as the banner. Though not our April, the “Princess” on this page gets a coronet as well, albeit golden. Gold appears again in the following, and final, series of illuminations. Here we have five objects – three hearts in a row, interrupted by two pansy-like flowers.
The two end hearts are red, with the middle one golden, with a equally golden halo. This illuminates the lonely Princess, who “…was as kind as she was beautiful.”