Chapters 1-5 of “The History of Photogen and Nycteris” by George MacDonald
Read by Bree Patton
I’ve always loved George MacDonald’s fairy tales and fantasy stories, though he made his living by writing romance novels. He was friends with Lewis Carroll, and when Carroll first wrote “Alice In Wonderland,” he gave it to MacDonald to read to his children, not thinking it was very good. It was MacDonald’s encouragement that convinced Carroll to have Alice published, and the rest is history.
This short story is about a witch who raises two children, each ignorant of the others existence. The one is raised in the sunlight, and never allowed to see night. The other is kept in a crypt with only one small lamp, and never allowed to see daylight.
There are 20 short chapters in all, each a page or less long.