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George MacDonald - The Portent & Other Stories

Description A collection of MacDonalds short stories. And Shakespeare himself will allow any amount of the marvellous, provided this truth is observed. I hope my story is thus true; and therefore, while it claims some place, undeserving of being classed with what are commonly called sensational novels. I am well aware that such tales are not of much account, at present; and greatly would I regret that they should ever become the fashion; of which, however, there is no danger.

But, seeing so much of our life must be spent in dreaming, may there not be a still nook, shadowy, but not miasmatic, in some lowly region of literature, where, in the pauses of labour, a man may sit down, and dream such a day-dream as I now offer to your acceptance, and that of those who will judge the work, in part at least, by its purely literary claims? If I confined my pen to such results, you, at least, would have a right to blame me. But you, for one, will, I am sure, justify an author in dreaming sometimes. In offering you a story, however, founded on The Second Sight , the belief in which was common to our ancestors, I owe you, at the same time, an apology.

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For the tone and colour of the story are so different from those naturally belonging to a Celtic tale, that you might well be inclined to refuse my request, simply on the ground that your pure Highland blood revolted from the degenerate embodiment given to the ancient belief. I can only say that my early education was not Celtic enough to enable me to do better in this respect.


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George MacDonald was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister.

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Known particularly for his poignant fairy tales and fantasy novels, George MacDonald inspired many authors, such as G. Lewis , and Madeleine L'Engle.

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Lewis wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his "master": A few hours later," said Lewis, "I knew that I had crossed a great frontier. Chesterton cited The Princess and the Goblin as a book that had "made a difference to my whole existence. For more information, please see http: Books by George MacDonald.