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A Little Princess

A Little Princess

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My sister and I would crawl into the attic of our suburban American house and pretend we were looking across London rooftops. It took a while to find out that she was living next door, but in the meantime he was gifting Sara (The Little Girl in the Attic, as he put it) with bedding, food and warm fires. But when Ollie, with his strange old-fashioned way of speaking, turns up at the palace one day, Rosie realises she's never met anyone quite like him before. I was convinced that I had read this as a child, and in fact I did have a copy of the book – one of those Parragon Children’s Classics with no illustrations. Summarily banished to an attic room and forced to work as an errand girl after her father's death leaves her destitute, warm-hearted Sara Crewe – until then a model pupil at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies – finds solace by imagining she is a princess disguised as a servant.

Miss Minchin openly fawns over Sara for her money, but is secretly jealous and dislikes Sara almost from the outset. A Birthday, Not a Break: The news that Captain Crewe died after having lost all his money arrives during Sara's birthday party. Sitting on the Roof: One of the only things Sara likes about her Fallen Princess circumstances is that her attic room has a skylight, and she can stand up through it to people-watch and see the sunset. She slaps Lottie in the face for apparently no reason, and she takes delight in Sara’s downfall, even tattling on her and her friends when they sneak treats. Bad Bedroom, Bad Life: After becoming a servant, Sara sleeps in a poorly heated attic, but despite her poor circumstances she dreams of better things there.Carrisford, her late father's friend, and the diamond mine they both invested in was not a failure but a success. Similar to Mary Lennox, she's pretty much been treated like a pet ever since she was born, with people giving her anything she wants to keep her quiet.

When the spoilt and bad-tempered Mary is orphaned at the age of ten, she is sent from India to live with her hunchback uncle on the Yorkshire Moors. Her strong character enables her to fight successfully against her new-found poverty and the scorn of her fellows. A theatre adaptation by Belt Up Theatre was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012 as 'Belt Up Theatre's A Little Princess'.About the novel itself, I would say, it suits very young girls only if they are quite mature (particularly, if they are intellectually gifted; and/or if their maturity has been forwarded accidentally, by woes for instance, or family misunderstanding) ; if not, I would not recommand this novel before ten. According to Burnett, after she composed the 1902 play A Little Un-fairy Princess based on that story, her publisher asked that she expand the story as a novel with "the things and people that had been left out before".



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