There are many fine details in this lovely book, and the young girl finds signals of invisible hands arranging thoughtful, apt surprises. Her curiosity leads her to uncover who is behind them.

And ‘delphinium-blue’, a lovely hue, redolent of a cottage garden or the blue of Dutch hyacinths.

‘There had been laid out a very decorous dark-blue gown with plain white linen collar and cuffs, a dark-blue cloak, and a dark-blue straw bonnet with delphinium blue ribbons.’

Source: Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse, illus. C. Walter Hodges (Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2011 (1946)), p. 108

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