This white horse flits in and out of the eponymous story: like the moon, illuminating when visible, but otherwise elusive. The moon is a recurring element in this magical tale – with the heroine, Maria Merryweather, being nominated as the latest in a long line of moon princesses meant to free the valley from the consequences of past mistakes.
‘No past for you, little white horse, no regret,
No future of fear in this silver forest –
Only the perfect now in the white moon-dappled ride.
Source: Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse, illus. C. Walter Hodges (Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2011 (1946)), p. 4