The Light Princess by George MacDonald
Once there was a king and queen who did not have any children. The king decided to be cross about this fact, but his wife told him that he had to be patient. They had a baby girl at one point. The king forgot to invite one of his relatives, an aunt, or sister. This was both a good and a bad thing. It was a good thing because everyone knew she was a witch. She had spells that could do all sorts of things and she wasn’t very nice. It was a bad thing because she was a known witch and she had spells that could do all sorts of things and she wasn’t very nice. She showed up anyway and cast a spell on the baby while everyone was celebrating the birth of the princess.
The curse that was placed upon the baby was that gravity would not affect her. She floated right up to the ceiling and had to be gotten down with a precarious ladder and tongs. One time she was almost lost for good when a breeze blew in through an open window and took her right outside. Luckily, it put her down right under a rose-bush.
She grew up and was alone. What she loved more than anything was the lake the castle was on. While she was in the water she felt that she did have gravity. She loved to swim.
At this time a prince came around from another country and he met the princess at the lake and the two swam together, which they enjoyed very much. They met all the time to go swimming. One day, the princess noticed that the lake was getting lower. This was because the very same person who had cursed her as baby was now cursing the lake. It was draining out and drying up. The princess took to her room, but she did not cry, because she had never cried. She only laughed. She laughed at everything.
A champion was asked. The champion would fix the lake, but he would not survive. The prince volunteered as he had missed the princess, but he also wanted her to be happy. When the princess realized the volunteer was her prince amazing things happened.
What I liked
This was a lovely story. I really enjoy fairy tales and even though this one is more modern than most I’ve read, it’s still great. I really liked the idea of gravity being taken away from a person. That’s a particularly interesting curse. It would mean you would weigh nothing, but I have to wonder what affects that would have on your muscles. Your digestive system might not work as optimally as it could. I consider that there may be some weird problems associated with being weightless and unaffected by gravity.
I also just thought the plot of this story was great. I liked that this princess is a bit different. She does things that aren’t necessarily lady-like. She’s outspoken. She finds someone who is quirky like her.
What I didn’t like
I really did like this story, so I can’t really think of anything to pick out of it right now.
I curse you to not be able to see the color green!–Practical Curses that Affect Everything in Life, Vol. 3 Page 354
If you had to be cursed with losing one the effects of one law of science on your body, what law would you pick?
Can you think of anymore downsides to not being affected by gravity?