She saw first, a square opening, about eight inches wide, in the lowest step.lly she saw that there was a walnut shell, or half one, outside the nearest doore went to look at the shell but looked with the greatest astonishment There was a baby in it So ten year old Maria, orphaned mistress of Malplaquet, discovers the secret of her deteriorating estate on a She saw first, a square opening, about eight inches wide, in the lowest step.lly she saw that there was a walnut shell, or half one, outside the nearest doore went to look at the shell but looked with the greatest astonishment There was a baby in it So ten year old Maria, orphaned mistress of Malplaquet, discovers the secret of her deteriorating estate on a deserted island at its far corner, in the temple long ago nicknamed Mistress Masham s Repose, live an entire community of people The People, as they call themselves all only inches tall With the help of her only friend the absurdly erudite Professor Maria soon learns that this settlement is no less than the kingdom of Lilliput first seen in Gulliver s Travels in exile Safely hidden for centuries, the Lilliputians are at first endangered by Maria s well meaning but clumsy attempts to make their lives easier, but their situation grows truly ominous when they are discovered by Maria s greedy guardians, who look at The People and see only a bundle of money.
Mistress Masham s Repose T H White Jun , Along with The Goshawk, White was the author of twenty six published works, including his famed sequence of Arthurian novels, The Once and Future King the fantasy Mistress Masham s Repose published in The New York Review Children s Collection a collection of essays on the eighteenth century, The Age of Scandal and a translation of a medieval Latin bestiary, A Book of Mistress Masham s Repose Mistress Masham s Repose by T.H White The premise of Mistress Masham s Repose is a clever one the travels of Lemuel Gulliver described in Jonathan Swift s Gulliver s Travels actually took place and that Lilliputians, captured on a later expedition, have escaped and have been hiding out on a rundown English estate where, for over a century, they have managed to avoid detection by living inside of a garden folly. Mistress Masham s Repose New York Review Children s So ten year old Maria, the orphaned mistress of Malplaquet, discovers the secret of her deteriorating estate On a deserted island at its far corner, in the temple long ago nicknamed Mistress Masham s Repose, lives an entire community of people the People, as they call themselves all only inches tall. Mistress Masham s Repose Disney Wiki Fandom Mistress Masham s Repose was a film based on the novel of the same name by T.H White that was being developed at Disney in the s by Joe Hale, a verteran Disney animator who would eventually produce The Black Cauldron Animator Andreas Deja did some preliminary character designs for it. Mistress Masham s repose edition Open Library Mar , Work Description Ten year old Maria, an orphaned heiress living with her unpleasant guardians on a crumbling English estate called Malplaquet, finds her life changing in unimagined ways when she explores an overgrown island on the estate s lake Mistress Masham s Repose fadedpage Maria is ten years old, and lives in a gigantic house, or rather palace, in rural England, which is gradually collapsing its name is Malplaquet She is an orphan, and has a guardian, Mr Hater, and a governess, Miss Brown, neither of them easy to get along with. Mistress Masham s Repose, by T H White Jun , It was a dome like the top of an eggshell, raised on five slender columns, and it was called Mistress Masham s Repose But nobody had ever reposed there since the death of Queen Anne. Mistress Masham s Repose a thinly disguised Stowe The Jun , Mistress Masham s Repose is a sequel to Gulliver s Travels, and in turn Andrew Dalton s Malplaquet trilogy beautifully illustrated by Jonny Boatfield advances Maria s story You can read Rita Boogaart s account here Rita sadly passed away recently and will be greatly missed. Deja View Mistress Masham s Repose Jan , Mistress Masham s Repose is a novel by T H Whitethat describes the adventures of a girl who discovers a group of Lilliputians, a race of tiny people from Jonathan Swift ssatirical classic Gulliver s Travels The story is set in Northamptonshire, England,during or
Mistress Masham s Repose She saw first a square opening about eight inches wide in the lowest step lly she saw that there was a walnut shell or half one outside the nearest doore went to look at the shell but looked with
Maria is a 10 yr old orphan living in a dilapidated mansion several times the size of Buckingham palace Maria has guardians who are plotting to steal her inheritance, when these unscrupulous people discover Maria has small Lilliputian friends they vow to stop at nothing to capture some of her friends to sell to the circus.We really enjoyed the descriptions of life experienced from a six inch tall persons perspective There were lots of interesting philosophical thoughts, moral dilemmas of power, [...]
On a tiny, man made island in the middle of a lake live the descendents of kidnapped Lilliputians On the shore of the lake stands an ancient manor, now falling into ruin In the manor live a lonely girl and her evil governessThose are the fun parts Since this is T.H White there is also much implicit social and political criticism, psychological observation, and tongue in cheek humor Most of that was over my head when I first read this, as were many of the British cultural allusions I suspect the [...]
A sweet, charming story that I found in a used bookshop I read it when I was a little girl, and it was fun to read again It s about a little girl who stumbles on the people of Lilliput from Gulliver s Travels, who have migrated from their home when Gulliver took a few of them to England They re the ones that are only a few inches tall I must say that out of all the characters, the Professor is my favorite His reasoning and advice is hysterical I love it It s a really sweet story, and I m happy t [...]
Maria is a 10 year old orphan who lives on her huge, dilapidated ancestral estate with the vicar Mr Hater as her guardian and Miss Brown as her governess These are the villians, conspiring to steal Maria s family fortune, but mainly making her feel alone unloved.Neglected she explores and has adventures discovering an ornamental island called Mistress Masham s Repose, in the middle of one of the lakes in the grounds The island is occupied by Lilliputians that Maria sees as her secret to protect [...]
What kid, after reading GULLIVER S TRAVELS, didn t secretly dream of discovering an abandoned, forgotten colony of Lilliputians This happy circumstance befalls Maria, an engaging ten year old orphan, heiress to the vast, but now decrepit, estate and palace of Malplaquet modeled on Churchill s Blenheim Palace , somewhere in post World War II England Maria s nasty governess and guardian, Miss Brown, abetted and often subverted by an equally nasty co guardian, the Vicar, is conspiring to rob Maria [...]
I liked this, don t get me wrong But it s a flawed story, and while I enjoyed it, I found myself skipping or rolling my eyes at chunks.It reads like an elderly professor telling a story to a favoured niece nephew, and for all I know it was It doesn t read like something intended for publication, it s bitty, weirdly paced, very episodic, has sporadic digressions into fairly dry subjects and asides, and then finishes up with a rush of an action adventure ending, as though the author suddenly notic [...]
White tells us in the first paragraph that his heroine, Maria, was one of those tough and friendly people who do things first and think about them afterward When she met cows, however, she did not like to be alone with them I can understand the feeling Perhaps that s why I kept expecting this phantom cow mentioned twice , I think to arrive on the scene at a crisis in the plot Rather than a Holstein or Jersey, however, this one was a MacGuffin.In White s hands this sort of trickery like the obscu [...]
One of the great fantasy novels of all time, and a sequel What happened after GULLIVER S TRAVELS This delightful novel will set your mind at rest Any time you have a preteen heroine and an elderly hero you know this is not your standard thud and blunder fantasy This book is not like anything you have read before, promise And in a good way This book should be far better known I suppose Disney felt that all the talking animals in THE SWORD IN THE STONE were irresistible, but oh please some day, so [...]
My thoughtful mother, remembering how much I loved _The Once and Future King_, picked this up for me at a used bookstore I just grabbed it randomly off my bookshelf and I don t know how it is yet, but it smells heavenly musty, old, cloth bound paper smell Mmmmmm.
I picked this up after reading The Once Future King and found I liked it even than I expected Having been a long time fan of The Borrowers , this story was extremely entertaining and a really fun read.
Have read this one a couple times There s magic in it, although I can t describe it I don t like lending it out It seems risky.
I just love T.H White, that s all In this book we get a caricature of his booklearning, bookloving side as a very absent minded and poor professor, who at the same time expresses very sound general ideas.The book is filled with quiet humour, awareness of nature it s not just birds twittering, White knows what they are called, where they live, how they fly and what they eat, and while that doesn t intrude in the narrative, you can always tell a knowledgeable person even if only droplets of that k [...]
T.H White wrote one of my favorite books ever in The Once and Future King When I discovered that some of his other writings were back in print, like Mistress Masham s Repose, I knew I had to give it a chance The story begins by telling us about a ten year old girl, who is described a girl with musical talent and a loving nature Sadly for her, she was an orphan, who lived on a massive estate called Malplaquet Her life in Malplaquet was a sheltered one, as her vicar, Mr Hater, has a governess, Mis [...]
The Once and Future King is still one of my all time favorite books, so when I discovered that T.H White had written another book I d never heard of, I of course had to read it I am so glad I did, but it was not an easy read The language is antiquated and it moves at the slower pace older books most often do It was a book that felt like reading a 3 star but when it ends and you are smiling and glad you finished, so I bumped it up to 4 Plus, it s T.H White I couldn t give it 3 It s not one I will [...]
10 year old Maria, an orphan who lives in a vast 18th century mansion, stumbles upon a colony of tiny Lilliputians as in Gulliver s Travels living on a little island in a lake, called Mistress Masham s Repose The Lilliputians have stayed successfully concealed there for 200 years it is up to Maria to make sure that they remain undisturbed Her only allies in this task are an absent minded Professor and the cook, while her sworn foes, her Governess and the vicar, discover the secret and try to ste [...]
The premise of Mistress Masham s Repose is a clever one the travels of Lemuel Gulliver described in Jonathan Swift s Gulliver s Travels actually took place and that Lilliputians, captured on a later expedition, have escaped and have been hiding out on a rundown English estate where, for over a century, they have managed to avoid detection by living inside of a garden folly Their secret comes close to being exposed when they are discovered by Maria, a young girl living on her ancestor s estate Fo [...]
This is a sweet little book that has a lot in common with T H White s other work, while also being thoroughly childish than The Sword in the Stone The combination of obscure references, absurd names and size imbalances gives you the childhood feeling that the world is a wide, strange place White s interest in the problem of might is also important to the story, and his heroine, Maria, has to learn the responsibilities that come with relative strength and the dangers that come with relative weak [...]
I picked this to read to Nick when I realized, on short notice, that we were out of library books for bedtime reading It was the first thing on my shelves I found that looked suitable A organized reading would have started with Gulliver s Travels and then moved to this one, rather than the other way round, as we re doing But it worked as a standalone, so there you go.A plucky English orphan of about ten years age lives with loathsome and loathing guardians who conceal her true inheritance from [...]
Another book I loved as a kid Mistreated orphan Maria lives in a run down manor, where her guardians, a governess and a Vicar, plot to take away her inheritance and keep her as downtrodden as possible One day she discovers a population of Lilliputians living in a remote corner of the estate Can she keep their secret from those who will want to exploit them Mistress Masham s Repose is a dense read for a kid There s a lot of satire and a lot of complex language, in imitation of Swift, that younger [...]
I had never even heard of this book before I picked it up as part of a book swap with a friend I hadn t a clue what it would be like.It turned out to be just my kind of book It reminded me a little of E Nesbit s books in the sense that it was just so wonderfully British and quirky I loved The Setting A ginormous, run down mansion in the English countryside The Characters The main character, Maria, was a riot The villains were wonderfully horrid The side characters were hilarious.The Plot It invo [...]
It s a delightful story.I didn t know what I was getting myself into at first The language is sometimes difficult to maneuver through and it took a little getting used to It has a feel of a 19th century book, but then you realize that it takes place during World War II It has lots of big words, words that I didn t know, but it didn t matter because they were just part of making the characters who they were.The main character, Maria, is brave, curious, and honest Her guardians, Miss Brown and Mr [...]
If you like stories about little people, like the Borrowers and so forth, you will probably like Mistress Masham s Repose by T.H White The book imagines that Liliputians were brought back to England and escaped to a deserted island monument at a crumbled down old country house, where they are discovered by the last descendant of the ducal property owners, a little girl under the thumb of a dreadful governess and the guardianship of a despicable curate I learned about this book in How the Heather [...]
Totally charming tale of a spunky orphan with evil guardians, requisite crumbling ancestral manse,garden folly inhabited by tiny mythical creatures, etc Think Joan Aiken s Black Hearts at Battersea meets Northanger Abbey, a little This is what Lemony Snicket WISHED he could write Much akin to The Water Babies than to Gulliver s Travels at all despite the fact that it revolves around the same Lilliputians Great companion to Mitford sistersd little girls will come up to you in Starbucks and say h [...]
I can still remember passages from this book, although I haven t read it in over 40 years.
Couldn t decide whether to give this 4 or 5 stars, so I ll just give it 5 It s beautifully written, clever, and made me laugh out loud several times Another classic British children s book.
Orphaned ten year old Maria lives on her run down ancestral estate under the care of a mercenary vicar and a cruel governess While her guardians conspire against her, Maria routinely escapes to wander her overgrown grounds and pester the impoverished professor who lives nearby But everything changes when Maria discovers and befriends a tribe of Lilliputians, originally documented in _Gulliver s Travels_ and now living in secret on her lands.Even in summary, many of the charms of _Mistress Masham [...]
I cannot believe I never rated this book An absolute favorite of mine growing up, from the wonderful maps of the estate inside the end papers to the illustrations, to the terrific story of a young girl, under the care of awful guardians, finding and protecting Lilliputians yes, Gulliver was a travel memoir, not fiction in this world in the gardens of the vast estate she stands to inherit Just my sort of fantasy, with a strong female character I had my Mom s copy, which was the original printing [...]
I am so very fond of White s series on King Arthur that when I came across this, another of his books, in the local library I had to read it It was not nearly so good I had to force myself to keep going at some points, and luckily the thing is only about 150 pages long.Look, in all fairness I have to admit that the blame for this lukewarm reaction is entirely on me Mistress Masham s Repose is well written and clever and charming in places, but it is also a deliberate response to the most painful [...]
This should be a Classic A Children s Classic, perhaps, but it certainly wouldn t hurt the Adults It s Brilliant, and besides, it s full of Lilliputians and High Adventure And because I dislike receiving book recommendations, I ll just stick it here.Read it.I started this year with an awful case of THE READING SLUMP, mostly because I was under a lot of stress The only two books I could find on my shelf with little darkness and a happy ending were The Reluctant Godfather and this un I m feeling m [...]