by Kelley Smoot Garrett
With this page, we get to the heart of the romantic sub-plot of our story, all puns intended with ‘heart’ 😉
In Letitia’s day any story had to have – at the very least – a romantic subplot, so Letitia’s interwoven theme is that of the Lonely Princess and her true love Prince Chivalry. This page also shows what Letitia valued most of all: true love.
Love was valued above money, above power, and is clearly aligned with the virtue of loyalty. Love is like a Good Deed: it cannot be measured by money, only by the intent you hold in your heart. Spurned are the gaudy excesses of wealth displayed by the proffered King Thunderdum and instead the Lonely Princess’ true love is a man who lives in “the small kingdom west of the Purple Lake.”
So determined is the Lonely Princess to hold fast to her true love, that Letitia devotes a rare dialog – what would have become an intertitle in a silent film – to the Lonely Princess’ declaration of faith: ‘”Thought I languish in this tower till I die, ” sighed the Princess, “I shall marry no one but my true love.”‘
Till next week, dear readers…