The idea for this project came at the time when such ideas generally come to my mind: at midnight. One by one the various topics came to me, and occasionally particular sentences would spring to my mind. It all came quite quickly, as I paced my bedroom floor in the dark, and I filed it all away in the back of my mind, hoping that none of it would be lost. The one thing that would not come, however, and refused to keep, was the ideal way in which to order the book. I considered starting with the exteriors and working in; I considered going from least importance to greatest; but in the end the best I could come up with was to order the book the way it worked.
This means starting with the Princess herself, though from her point of view she is the least important of the four total persons we'll be considering. And it also means starting not only with the least important character, but also with the least important attributes of that character. As we move on to study her in relation to her Queen she'll increase in depth; in relation to her Prince she'll use her treasure for his sake; and in relation to her King she'll have the foundation on which everything else is built.
This first part of the book is dedicated, then, to the Princess herself, and only to the most exterior qualities she possesses. These exteriors aren't entirely irrelevant, however, for they are a reflection of her interior, and so deserve some consideration. And, quite frankly, they're fun to talk about. As little girls we generally equated princesses with lovely clothing, dignified bearing, and a certain grace and elegance. This is entirely appropriate. There's a reason that princesses are always so beautiful in fairy-tales. It's because fairy-tales are very Catholic. The Church has always given us exteriors to help us understand the depths of of the matter. Rather than leave us trying to comprehend the Sacrament of the Baptism in the abstract the Church attaches the supernatural graces to the completely natural concept of water and cleansing. Princesses are beautiful in fairy-tales because their souls are beautiful.
In fairyland we should feel rather under the same obligation as the classic princess. To be a princess in disguise doesn't mean to be a princess in disguise as a wicked witch. It means to be a princess in disguise as a modern everyday girl, because of her deep humility, but recognized by others as something a little out of the ordinary. The Queen of Heaven and Earth was disguised as a poor Jewish woman, because of her deep humility, but still recognized by all who knew and loved her as something beautiful beyond expression. Disguise yourself, by all means. If you're a princess, you are a princess in secret, because you want the light not to shine upon you but your King. But in your disguise continue to be what you are. If you disguise yourself as something contrary to what you are, the light of glory will fall neither on you or your King; the people who surround you will look elsewhere.
Disguise yourself, by all means, but the little girls, like Blanche, should always know that you are a princess... simply in disguise.