My tale ’The Lying, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ had its birth in Christina Rossetti’s poem warning of the power of sensual dangers and how good girls need to fight against their inherent sexuality. Students always read ‘The Goblin Market’ and think blah blah blah rules rules rules and never realise that Rossetti is rather ambivalent about the lure of sensuality. So I read it to them, aloud, slowly and with many well-chosen pauses.
She clipp’d a precious golden lock,
She dropp’d a tear more rare than pearl,
Then suck’d their fruit globes fair or red:
Sweeter than honey from the rock,
Stronger than man-rejoicing wine,
Clearer than water flow’d that juice;
She never tasted such before,
How should it cloy with length of use?
She suck’d and suck’d and suck’d the more
Fruits which that unknown orchard bore;
She suck’d until her lips were sore;
Then flung the emptied rinds away
But gather’d up one kernel stone,
And knew not was it night or day
As she turn’d home alone.
My heroine Jeannie loves the poem but she has no idea what secrets it holds. For her it’s just a remnant of her childhood, like the secrets that lie within her great-great-grandmother’s locked wardrobe. The imposing bit of furniture has been locked ever since the day she disappeared from the family orchard more than a century ago. Not locked with a key, that is, but sealed tight by magic.
She was a witch, which makes her disappearance all the more mysterious.
Jeanie inherited her own powers from that side of the family, but things haven’t been working well for her lately. She’s lost her job and had to return to her hometown and feels a bit crushed by what she perceives as her failures. Even the prospect of renewing a relationship with a hot guy she used to date doesn’t help her spirits much.
Somehow delving into the old family secrets awakens a spark of enthusiasm Jeannie hasn’t been able to find before now. While her mother and grandmother fuss over her and try to keep her distracted, Jeannie knows she has to find out more.
Can she turn her life around with her grandmother’s magic?
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