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The Goose Girl

Harold MacGrath

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .leverest adventuresses on the continent tried devious tricks to palm themselves off as the lost princess. From France they had come, from Prussia, Italy, Austria, Russia and England. But the duke and the chancellor held the secret, unknown to any one else—a locket. In a garret in Dresden the agents of Herbeck found her, a singer in the chorus of the opera. The newspapers and illustrated weeklies raged about her for a while, elaborated the story of her struggles, the mysterious remittances which had, from time to time, saved her from direst poverty, her ambition, her education which, by dint of hard work, she had acquired. It was all very puzzling and interesting and romantic. For what purpose had she been stolen, and by whom? The duke accused Franz of Jugendheit, but he did so privately. Search as they would, the duke and the chancellor never traced the source of the remittances. The duke held stubbornly that the sender of these benefactions was moved by the . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a great story of mistaken identity.
I enjoyed how the author brought in the story from various different points of view and each leaving enough of the story a mystery to keep you reading.
Although I had an idea of how the book would end, there still was a lot let as mystery.
I really enjoyed th

"...the poor were generally poor because of their incapabilities, their ignorance, and incompetence." Woah there! A ridiculously classist romance featuring abducted princesses! spies! tense conversations at balls! The writing is good, but the plot is a little too laughable for my taste.

I like to peruse old book stores and I think this may be an original, published in 1909, edition. I've no idea how to rate this book yet, since I'm only a few pages in. Bought it simply because it's old and looked charming. It's the first book I've opened since I finished my degree in English Lit at

Delightful story of a poor girl, a princess and their loves. Delightful read!

I liked the story line. I read that this story is based on a fairy tale. It read like an old fashioned fairy tale. There were kings, a princess, spies and talk of war between the kingdoms. There were a lot of characters introduced in the first chapter. They all had different titles in their name. It

A perfect princess romance story and Harold Macgrath writes it beautifully. He also made this (and plenty other books) into silent films. Unfortunately it is one of the many missing ones but we can clearly imagine what it could have been. Macgrath is clear when describing scenes and emotions but I d

Cute story and it kept me guessing to the end but I'm not sure if that because the mystery really was good or because I kept mentally comparing it to Shannon Hale's The Goose Girl and getting confused! But I did enjoy it!

This is classic dramatic fiction of the type that was so popular at the turn of the 20th century...an American going into an unnamed Eastern European, Germanic country to tilt at windmills and embroil himself in local politics and fall in love in the process. There are a great many twists, and much

The Goose Girl, by Harold MacGrath, is a sweet romance/fairy tale historical fiction set in a German duchy in maybe the 19th century. The plot basically follows a peasant girl and a vintner who are planning to marry, while an American consul, who looks out for the peasant girl when he can, pines aft

I picked this one up at a yard sale and surprisingly loved it! Although the end was a bit predictable, it was a SWEET read! You will enjoy it! (I just may add this one to my personal, classic read list!)

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