Sun and Shadow: The Day Boy and The Night Girl

THERE was once a witch who desired to know everything. But the wiser a witch is, the harder she knocks her head against the wall when she comes to it. Her name was Watho, and she had a wolf in her mind. She cared for nothing in itself -- only for knowing it. She was not naturally cruel, but the wolf had made her cruel.

George MacDonald (1824-1905) was a Scottish author and poet best remembered for his fantasy novels and fairy tales. His last fairy tale "The Day Boy and the Night Girl" deals with polar opposites; the boy, Photogen has never seen the moon while the girl Nycteria has not been touched by the sun. It is Watho, the witch who keeps them apart but they eventually find each other and escape from her. MacDonald and his son Grenville were photographed by Lewis Carroll (1832-1898). Carroll along with C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien were influenced by the poignant writings. Pre-Rapahaelite artist Arthur Hughes (1832 -1915) who is shown in a self portrait illustrated "The Day Boy and the Night Girl". The fairy tale edited by Grenville is ultimately about two opposing worlds joining together; sun and shadow.