It was a grand sight, burning away there in silence, with its gorgeous, its lovely, its delicate colours, each distinct, all combining. She had a hundred questions to ask him, and he a hundred more to ask her. Suddenly, far among the trees, as far as the sun could shine, he saw a glorious thing. Then he jumped to his feet, remembering that the pretty thing was of no use to him yet. returned Tangle. I feel like much of the allegory was going over my head. The rest of them rubbed themselves all over her, and with their wet feathers washed her quite clean. She felt quite sure it was true. He could count all seven colours, and could see shade after shade beyond the violet; while before the red stood a colour more gorgeous and mysterious still. And the youth answered, and Tangle heard him, though not with her ears:--, "Tell me the way to the country whence the shadows fall. Her form was tall and noble. First Edition. Day after day he held on, and he thought he had no guide. It was no wonder to them now that they had not been able to tell what it was, for this surface was everywhere crowded with shadows. But I will send some as soon as I can.". ", "I do not know. Very Good+ with no dust jacket. The Golden Key by MacDonald, George Illustrated by Maurice Sendak Seller Boomer's Books Published 1967 Condition Very Good+ with no dust jacket Edition First Edition Item Price $ 40.00. The children just kind of go through the story ... and there are no hardships ... just strange talking fish. ", "No. "We must find the country from which the shadows come," said Mossy. You see me now. The children age through life before the end. She tried to understand what they said; but their speech was so old-fashioned, and rude, and undefined, that she could not make much of it. "Some people call me the Old Man of the Sea. They journey through Fairyland in search of the lock worked by a mysterious golden key they have found. The girl looked at the lady, and the lady looked at the girl. He led her to a hole in the wall, which she had not observed before. Tangle went up. There he helped him to undress, and laid him in the bath. "Where is the Old Man of the Fire?" I'm going to listen again. By. I understood what many of the allusions were in this story, but can someone tell me what the hell this book is all about? He lay for a while, turning it over and over, and feeding his eyes upon its beauty. She took off the girl's night-gown, rose with her in her arms, and going to the wall of the cottage, opened a door. When she awoke, she saw an old man with long white hair down to his shoulders, leaning upon a stick covered with green buds, and so bending over her. Yet here she was in the simplest, poorest little cottage, where she was evidently at home. When they were rested they rose and pursued their journey. Have you got the key still?". The wind was blowing from the sea. It vanished. "Where is the Old Man of the Sea?" So one evening, the poor little girl having been put to bed early, before the sun was down, the servants went off to the village, locking the door behind them. Enticing story of an allegorical journey of refinement. She was in great terror and distress, when the air-fish, swimming into the thicket of branches, began tearing them with its beak. Macdonald while seldom still talked about, is an obvious precursor to the likes of Alice in Wonderland, Peter and Wendy, and Lord of the Rings. And the child drew near and looked up in her face so that she burst into tears. Welcome back. It was still only a small portion of a huge bow. In the centre stood seven columns, ranged from red to violet. Then Tangle was content to go without shoes too. A boy and girl set out to find the golden key, which unlocks the door to the land of falling shadows. It was the sapphires round the keyhole. $13.78. I really wasn't sure what was going on, or what the point was of what did occur. "I wish I could see that country too," he said. It ended and I thought..."is that really it? "You will not be afraid of anything I do with you--will you?" Here he stood and pondered.--It could not be that the way stopped here, else what was the path for? Then it darted out of the door at once. but," said Tangle, "when people live long they grow old. This is my second time reading it through all the way. After running a long way, and as the last of the light was disappearing, she passed under a tree with drooping branches. How did you come here? The Golden Key, a Soviet fantasy film directed by Aleksandr Ptushko; The Golden Key, a Vietnamese romantic war film directed by Lê Hoàng; Literature "The Golden Key" (Grimm's Fairy Tales), a fairy tale The Golden Key (MacDonald book), an 1867 fairy tale by George MacDonald; The Golden Key, a 1996 fantasy novel by Jennifer Roberson, Melanie Rawn, … She stood looking for a long time, for there was fascination in the sight; and the longer she looked the more an indescribable vague intelligence went on rousing itself in her mind. Neither could Tangle find the opening in the floor by which the serpent had led her thither. Hardcover. And she smiled a smile which the sadness in it made more lovely. The storm died away. They felt the gathering darkness, and something strangely solemn besides, and the beauty of the shadows ceased to delight them. He drew out the key. Picked it up because of Maurice Sendak illustrations, beautiful. "Go down that stair, and it will bring you to him," said the Old Man of the Sea. Gothic romance, dueling family restaurants, West African magic, and much, much more! And I have lived a good while, I believe," said Mossy, sadly. There is much in terms of rich imagery and provocative symbols, but nothing is quite so moving for me as their experience in the midst of the shadows. She took Tangle on her knee, and began to sing to her--such songs as made her wish she could listen to them for ever. She carried her back to the fire, and, having dried her well, opened a chest, and taking out the finest linen garments, smelling of grass and lavender, put them upon her, and over all a green dress, just like her own, shining like hers, and soft like hers, and going into just such lovely folds from the waist, where it was tied with a brown cord, to her bare feet. Pete the Cat Childrens Books Box Set I Can Read Phonics Learn to Read Lot 12. She told him that if he could reach the place where the end of the rainbow stands he would find there a golden key. ", "Perhaps it is. For after being in that bath, people's eyes always give out a light they can see by. Across the waste of waters, against the bosom of a fierce black cloud, stood the foot of a rainbow, glowing in the dark. At the long last, the stair ended at a rude archway in an all but glowing rock. ", "You must go with him, Tangle. But you must go in the morning. Last Updated on May 11, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. They sat down and ate the fish, and then the winged creature rose from the pot, circled the roof, and settled on the lady's lap. Hello Select your address Best Sellers Today's Deals New Releases Gift Ideas Books Today's Deals New Releases Gift Ideas Books In true MacDonald fashion, not everything lines up to a specific allegorical meaning but rather guides the reader into contemplation and quiet awareness of spiritual realities in general, and in particular the trials that cleanse and mature us along our way. Suddenly she remembered that the beautiful lady had told them, if they lost each other in a country of which she could not remember the name, they were not to be afraid, but to go straight on. All at once he vanished, and Tangle heard a low, sweet sound, quite different from the rush and crackle of his wings. “The Golden Key,” by George Macdonald, illustrations by Maurice Sendak Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 1967 (reprint from 1867 edition), 86 pages, Grades 5 and above. ", "They must wait their time, like you and me too, my little Tangle.". It had fins, not wings, and swam through the air as a fish does through the water. This set her laughing and she forgot the ape and the grinning heads. this book is one of the three things that i lent to my (now) boyfriend, before we hardly knew eachother, which he says caused him to fall in love with me... this is one of those books that, if i even glance at it sitting quietly on my bookshelf, i can feel the magic that it contains inside. You saw it go into the pot of itself the moment it entered, did you not? ", "I suppose, being gold," the boy once said, thoughtfully, "that I could get a good deal of money for it if I sold it.". "Only white-blossoming plants can grow under the sea," said the old man. Now in the final stretch of … "But I don't know what it is for. Elements of paganism and Christianity evidenced in my interpretation, as Earth, Water and Fire personified in characters the children sought after. Through this archway Tangle fell exhausted into a cool mossy cave. The serpent went straight on, turning neither to the right nor left. shipping: + $20.31 shipping . ", "I will show you the way to his place. Her head was under water, but that did not signify, for, when she thought about it, she could not remember that she had breathed once since her bath in the cave of the Old Man of the Sea. Yet Mossy knew her at once. He is much older than I am.". ", "That nobody knows," his aunt would reply. The story unfolds in a mysterious, surreal, dream-like flow. As soon as she entered it, Tangle heard a strange noise, unlike anything she had ever heard before. I go there myself sometimes. Then the water could carry her no farther. I don't know the young man," she said to the lady. Then Tangle saw a deep tank, the sides of which were filled with green plants, which had flowers of all colours. At length she fell fast asleep. Yet she went on. It grew darker and darker, till it was pitch dark, and they had to feel their way. The rainbow alone was visible by its own light. But that was their fault, the naughty women! By. I can help everybody.". Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published The light came from the moon, but it did not look like moon light, for it gleamed through those seven pillars in the middle, and filled the place with all colours. It was Tangle. The moment she looked in his face, she saw that he was a youth of marvellous beauty. The Golden Key (George MacDonald). Not even the sound of water reached them. She was as whole, and strong, and well as if she had slept for seven days. She has got to be one of my favorite characters in fiction, and even a brief appearance is wonderful. And she stared at the fish, and could say no more. All at once she saw an ape making faces at her out of the mirror, and the heads carved upon a great old wardrobe grinning fearfully. Now Mossy was the name his companions had given him, because he had a favourite stone covered with moss, on which he used to sit whole days reading; and they said the moss had begun to grow upon him too. Donal Grant. Preview of The Golden Key Summary: In "The Golden Key," MacDonald has created an imaginative world through which two adolescents—Mossy, the hero, and Tangle, the heroine—must undertake a special quest. I should not mind eating one every day. They want the whole earth nice and clean. This book has more metaphor and symbolism that Dylan's first four albums. I have been looking for you a long time.". And the moment his white wings moved, they began to throw off a continuous shower of sparks of all colours, which lighted up the passage before them. A parable of a journey to the "land from whence the shadows fall." "Am I?" I wear no shoes.". So saying, the young man rose, and then stood for a while gazing at Tangle. 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