The Boy Who Plaited Manes

The Boy Who Plaited Manes When A Young Man Mysteriously Shows Up In The Stables Of Lord Robley And Demonstrates An Amazing Ability To Braid Horse Manes And Tails, The Lord And Lady Are Quite Taken With His Abilities And Have Him Stay On Sure, He Doesn T Speak A Single Word And There S Truly Something Odd About Him, But His Talents At Braiding Are Second To None When The Lady Finds Herself In Need Of The Man S Skills For Her Own Head Of Hair, The Situation Is Looked Upon As A Bit Scandalous, But Nobody Is Prepared For The Outcome That Befalls Them As A Result A Short Story

BIO NANCY SPRINGER Nancy Springer has passed the fifty book milestone, having written that many novels for adults, young adults and children, in genres including mythic fantasy, contemporary fiction, magical realism, horror, and mystery although she did not realize she wrote mystery until she won the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America two years in succession DARK LIE

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  • ebook
  • 11 pages
  • The Boy Who Plaited Manes
  • Nancy Springer
  • English
  • 02 May 2017
  • 9781611873078

10 thoughts on “The Boy Who Plaited Manes

  1. says:

    What a delightfully unsettling little story I really loved this Actually, this turned me on to the works of Nancy Springer I picked up four books from the library and 3 from because I was impressed by both style and content I have a feeling I will be reading a lot of Nancy Springer in the near future.The short story is very fairy tale esque, the sort of fairy tale rule where the breaking of unspoken rules and the commission of crimes of human indecency and thoughtlessness tends to lead to badness The ageless boy shows up to do what he does without comment or complaint, and through their misuse and mistreatment of him the people who benefited from his talents suffer The writing is spectacular and the tone and style match the content rhetorically speaking, although the story is short, the writing enhances the plot drawing on almost archetypal expectations in the way information is conveyed.A personal favorite for me was Springer s willingness to put readers in the story by abusing our expectations of narrative PoV view spoiler At one point readers are told, in an omniscient voice, that a character has not yet realized the boy unnamed protagonist is mute so later when the boy speaks readers are surprised We feel, same as those within the story, the shock of revelation that this boy, who we already suspected was than he appeared, is even For anyone who takes the narration at face value, the revelation of his single line of speech resonates readers feel instinctively connected to the story because we experience the same twists as the characters within hide spoiler

  2. says:

    Originally posted at dark, little fairy tale, a story with a strange but likeable hero, The Boy Who Plaited Manes has a magical style to the way it s told.The setting seems to be Medieval, taking place in a stable and a manor house The hero is of an indiscriminate age, but young He doesn t talk, doesn t show expression, and doesn t do much except his job So what s the deal with him He has an unworldly talent to plait the manes of the horses under his care with a beauty that defies belief The horses rest easy under his talented hands as he works his magic The groom doesn t like him He doesn t give him the pay owed him or even decent clothes for the winter, but the boy never complains It s assumed he s mute The groom s continued bad feelings toward the boy create a sense of foreboding.The young wife of the manor lord is bored Her main purpose is to look beautiful When her maid gets smallpox, the lady is unsatisfied with the way the other maids try to do her hair So, she gets an idea She has the talented stable boy work on her hair Of course, he does a fantastic job, day after day, continuing with the task when the lady s maid died of her disease.Then, the story takes a surprising turn The lady seduces the boy He s a good lover but then turns to her and says something shocking Who even knew he could talk But his words alarm the lady, coming from such a gentle person.The whole while, this is all expressed with a beautiful writing style, just like the tales of old that flowed with a sense of underlying magic This story is so well written and otherworldly Fans of a very fast, suspenseful read will enjoy this book I did.

  3. says:

    A strange boy shows up at Lord Robley s estate on the day of the Midsummer Hunt He walks into the stables, goes straight to the stall of the lady s white palfrey, opens the door, walks in and starts plaiting the long white mane The head groom, in a rush to get the lord s hunter ready, stops and stares at the strange boy doing magical things to the palfrey s mane He has no idea who this boy is or where he came from, but he s got a lot to do in very little time, so decides to let him continue the plaiting The Lord and Lady are delighted with the result and the boy stays to do the plaiting of all the horses Who is this strange, silent boy Where did he come from and who are his people This is an excellent short story Well written, smooth flowing with an interesting main character Personally, by the end of the tale, I thought the boy was fey or had fey blood in him, but we ll never know What we do know is that he had a magic way with his hands I wish he was around to braid my hair I ve never mastered the knack of it sighs Many thanks to Untreed Reads for providing me with a review copy Please see disclaimer page on my blog.

  4. says:

    Going into The Boy Who Plaited Manes, I had thought it was a book, but instead it was just a short story Turns out that was fine, as it didn t hook me at all It seemed like the retelling of a fairy tale or an original one Set in some older time, a boy showed up at a Lord s stables and braided horses manes He was god like in his ability to make horses look great, but who he is or where he came from was completely unknown, as he never said a word.The Lord s wife needed her hair braided, so she had him do it, and like the horses, she fell in love with him That lead to the downfall of every character in the story.I felt like I just didn t get this story Did it have a moral I was supposed to pick up on Something other than the completely unsubtle Don t cheat on your spouse Either way, it just didn t work for me.

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