Plate VI Detail - Princess April assesses the situation from the window ledge

Page 31 Plate VI – The Lost puppy and the sick boy

Kelley Smoot Garrett   Austin, Texas

The page continues Letitia’s ‘mining’ of her childhood in Provo, Utah for imagery.

Letitia's portaiture for the sick boy was drawn from her memories of her young cousin Munroe, bedridden with tuberculosis in the mid 1910s.

Letitia’s portaiture for the sick boy was drawn from her memories of her young cousin Munroe, bedridden with tuberculosis in the mid 1910s.

The little bedridden boy, longing for companionship, was based on Letitia’s cousin Munroe, who she remembered visiting when he was sick with tuberculosis. He so longed for company and when Letitia’s mother and father brought their nephew a lost puppy – well, the story stuck and became Princess April’s first good deed.

It’s worth noting that this first good deed – and in fact, none of the other good deeds – are specifically spelled-out and identified as such in the text. It’s left to the reader’s ability to discern that Princess April is actually doing the three good deeds the Wise Wizard has told her she needs to perform, in order to return to the Enchanted Forest. This is a refreshing change from many of today’s modern stories which seem to go out of their way to be absolutely explicit in their messages, lest anyone miss the point. The subtle telling of this tale is one of the keys to its appeal.

Until next week dear readers….

Plate VI Detail - Princess April assesses the situation from the window ledge

Plate VI Detail – Princess April assesses the situation from the window ledge

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