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This is a quest fantasy with the added fillip of miniaturization. Mrs. Phillips, William's governess and friend since the day he was born, is leaving the household to return to her home and family in England. As a parting gift, she presents William with a detailed and wonderful miniature castle which was her childhood toy. She also gives him the Silver Knight with instructions to meet him "on his own". The miniature knight, Sir Simon, is alive and enlists William in his fight to regain his kingdom. To keep Mrs. Phillips from leaving him, William miniaturizes her with a medal which Sir Simon had wrested from Alastor, the wizard who robbed him of his kingdom. William must, in turn, be made small to help Sir Simon win back his kingdom and to regain the respect of Mrs. Phillips. He defeats Alastor by using his own inner strengths and returns to restore Mrs. Phillips to her rightful size (and she returns the favor). They bid each other a fond farewell with Mrs. Phillips aware that her job of raising William is done and with William newly aware of his skills.
She says "That's all I ever was. Your spotter." Does she mean just in gymnastics?
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When the lady doth ply her needle And the lord his sword doth test, Then the squire shall cross the drawbridge And the time will be right for a quest.
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