by Danny Garrett
We have a major illustration here that takes up a full half page. In it, Princess April stands upon the lip of a flagon filled with wine. Coverless, it stands next to an identical vessel, also filled to the brim with wine. As she stands on the lip, she pours “sand” into the nearest jug.
The sand, generously given over by the Sandman, was intended for the guests in order to make them fall asleep. This is an interesting image – one well composed. In the center of the picture is an open window into the night; this element anchors the piece dead center. Eclipsing the opening are the two flagons, with April and the sack of sand. The solidness of these four images moves the eye away from the window and the center and brings the gaze in a southwesterly direction. To offset this, Letitia has positioned a coat of arms on the wall and below that, two small cups — with the lower one mostly out of frame. By arranging the elements of the image thusly, Letitia deftly directs the eye around the illustration.
The illuminations, five in number, are arrayed to the right and bottom of the half page of text. The first illuminations is that of the twin jugs, here rendered fully – though one
appears larger than the other. The next is an image of the wine itself, divorced from the flagons. It is a beautiful little glyph of a glass of wine with ornamental filigree flanking its sides. Next we have the one illumination that appears on practically every page – the Princess coronet.. The last two are also familiar illuminations, a key and an image of the tower beneath a waving banner.