Last Updated on July 11, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 544
Be loyal to the story.
The old woman who is the central character of the first part of the story provides sound advice for writing and storytelling. With reference to the title, this is, Dinesen implies, how authors fill up the sometimes intimidating "blank page." They must, above all things, be loyal to the story that needs to be told, and Dinesen doesn't have just one story to tell in "The Blank Page." The effect of the frame tale form is that the reader's perspective is constantly shifting until the very last line. This story is a nested series of stories, none of which are ever finished. And perhaps, like the ending, that is the point. We are all living stories, forever changing, with stories that continue to be written.
But we, the faithful, when we have spoken our last word, will hear the voice of silence.
This is spoken by the old woman but is also reflected in the last story in the series of tales with which the reader is presented. The blank, pure white linen is what captivates women who study the sheet that bears no princess's name. The silence that follows is foreshadowed here, circling back to the importance of being loyal to the story, regardless of "whether a small snotty lass understands it or not."
Diligence, dear Master and Mistress, is a good thing, and religion is a good thing, but the very first germ of a story will come from some mystical place outside the story itself.
In this section of the story, the writing or storytelling process is likened to "grow[ing] the finest flax and manufactur[ing] the most exquisite linen." To be able to do either requires that the right seeds are planted. A story, then, begins with a seed planted in the storyteller's life. This could originate in personal experience, another story, a conversation, an image, or countless other experiences. But through all of the seeds that are daily planted in a storyteller's life, only some of the seeds take root and grow. They...
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