The Princess and Curdie is a children's classic fantasy novel by George MacDonald from late 1883.
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The book is the sequel to The Princess and the Goblin. The adventure continues with Princess Irene and Curdie a year or two older. They must overthrow a set of corrupt ministers who are poisoning Irene's father, the king. Irene's grandmother also reappears and gives Curdie a strange gift. A monster called Lina aids his quest.
It has been two years since the last book. Princess Irene and her father go to Gwyntystorm while Curdie, the princess's friend and a miner boy stay home with his mother and father. As the years go by, Curdie begins to hunt for pleasure and slowly begins to doubt Irene's story of her great-great grandmother. One day, he shoots down a white pigeon. Curdie then remembers Irene's tale of her grandmother's pigeons and assumes the one he shot down was one of them and becomes aware of his folly. A light appears at the roof of the castle, and Curdie follows it.
There, Curdie meets the Grand Old Princess, who appeared small and withered, as opposed to Irene's descriptions. She gently tells Curdie of his wrong thinking and he confesses. Because he now believes, the pigeon heals. He was then told to keep his bow and arrows and use them for good instead of bad things. The Grand Princess then told Curdie to meet her again soon.