By George Macdonald, Andrew Lang

A Scottish misplaced treasures choice of 3 vintage children’s delusion novels bundled by way of subject material instead of writer, the books create a compelling trilogy "Palimpsest's eClassics sequence, Scottish misplaced Treasures, indicates us how a lot poorer Britain's cultural history will be with out Scottish writers ... the easiest instance I've obvious of ways curation and presentation can carry outdated books to new audiences" – The Observer “This moves me as a lovely enterprise, and one i am hoping will extend further” – Professor Willy Maley, collage of Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday

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Curdie was once too well mannered to assert he didn't think there has been any thread there in any respect. What he did say used to be: ‘Well, i will make not anything of it. ’ ‘I can, even though, and also you has to be happy of that, for it's going to do for either one of us. ’ ‘We’re now not out yet,’ stated Curdie. ‘We quickly shall be,’ back Irene optimistically. And now the thread went downwards, and led Irene’s hand to a gap within the flooring of the cavern, whence got here a legitimate of working water which that they had been listening to for it slow. ‘It is going into the floor now, Curdie,’ she acknowledged, preventing. He have been hearing one other sound, which his practised ear had stuck in the past, and which additionally were starting to be louder. It used to be the noise the goblin-miners made at their paintings, they usually appeared to be at no good distance now. Irene heard it the instant she stopped. ‘What is that noise? ’ she requested. ‘Do you recognize, Curdie? ’ ‘Yes. it's the goblins digging and burrowing,’ he replied. ‘And you don’t be aware of what they do it for? ’ ‘No; I haven’t the least notion. do you want to determine them? ’ he requested, wishing to have one other test after their mystery. ‘If my thread took me there, I shouldn’t a lot brain; yet I don’t are looking to see them, and that i can’t depart my thread. It leads me down into the opening, and we had larger cross straight away. ’ ‘Very good. Shall i'm going in first? ’ stated Curdie. ‘No; larger now not. You can’t believe the thread,’ she spoke back, stepping down via a slim holiday within the flooring of the cavern. ‘Oh! ’ she cried, ‘I am within the water. it truly is working powerful – however it isn't deep, and there's simply room to stroll. Make haste, Curdie. ’ He attempted, however the gap used to be too small for him to get in. ‘Go on a bit bit,’ he acknowledged, shouldering his pickaxe. In a number of moments he had cleared a bigger establishing and her. They went on, down and down with the operating water, Curdie getting an increasing number of afraid it used to be best them to a few bad gulf within the middle of the mountain. in a single or locations he needed to cut loose the rock to make room sooner than even Irene may get via – at the least with out hurting herself. yet at size they spied a glimmer of sunshine, and in a minute extra they have been nearly blinded via the total sun, into which they emerged. It used to be a few little time ahead of the princess might see good adequate to find that they stood in her personal backyard, within sight the seat on which she and her king-papa had sat that afternoon. they'd pop out via the channel of the little circulate. She danced and clapped her arms with satisfaction. ‘Now, Curdie! ’ she cried, ‘won’t you think what I instructed you approximately my grandmother and her thread? ’ For she had felt forever that Curdie used to be now not believing what she instructed him. ‘There! – don’t you spot it shining on earlier than us? ’ she additional. ‘I don’t see anything,’ continued Curdie. ‘Then you need to think with out seeing,’ stated the princess; ‘for you can’t deny it has introduced us out of the mountain. ’ ‘I can’t deny we're out of the mountain, and that i can be very ungrateful certainly to disclaim that you simply had introduced me out of it. ’ ‘I couldn’t have performed it yet for the thread,’ continued Irene.

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