A Little Princess
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Sara Crewe, an exceptionally intelligent and imaginative student at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies, is devastated when her adored, indulgent father dies. Now penniless and banished to a room in the attic, Sara is demeaned, abused, and forced to work as a servant. How this resourceful girl's fortunes change again is at the center of A Little Princess, one of the best-loved stories in all of children's literature. This unique and fully annotated edition appends excerpts from Frances Hodgson Burnett's original 1888 novella Sara Crewe and the stage play that preceded the novel, as well as an early story, "Behind the White Brick," allowing readers to see how A Little Princess evolved. In his delightful introduction, U. C.Knoepflmacher considers the fairy-tale allusions and literary touchstones that place the book among the major works of Victorian literature, and shows it to be an exceptionally rich and resonant novel.

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When people are insulting you, there is nothing so good for them as not to say a word—just to look at them and think. [...] When you will not fly into a passion people know you are stronger than they are, because you are strong enough to hold in your rage, and they are not, and they say stupid things they wish they hadn't said afterward. There's nothing so strong as rage, except what makes you hold it in—that's stronger.
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When people are insulting you, there is nothing so good for them as not to say a word—just to look at them and think. [...] When you will not fly into a passion people know you are stronger than they are, because you are strong enough to hold in your rage, and they are not, and they say stupid things they wish they hadn't said afterward. There's nothing so strong as rage, except what makes you hold it in—that's stronger.
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"Oh, Sara!" she whispered joyfully. "It is like a story!" "It is a story," said Sara. "Everything's a story. You are a story— I am a story. Miss Minchin is a story."
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"Oh, Sara!" she whispered joyfully. "It is like a story!" "It is a story," said Sara. "Everything's a story. You are a story— I am a story. Miss Minchin is a story."
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She felt as if she were walking away and leaving far behind her the world in which that other child, who no longer seemed herself, had lived. This child, in her short, tight old frock, climbing the stairs to the attic, was quite a different creature.
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She felt as if she were walking away and leaving far behind her the world in which that other child, who no longer seemed herself, had lived. This child, in her short, tight old frock, climbing the stairs to the attic, was quite a different creature.
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"My dear Sara," she said, "Becky is the scullery-maid. Scullery-maids—er—are not little girls." It really had not occurred to her to think of them in that light. Scullery-maids were machines who carried coal-scuttles and made fires.
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"My dear Sara," she said, "Becky is the scullery-maid. Scullery-maids—er—are not little girls." It really had not occurred to her to think of them in that light. Scullery-maids were machines who carried coal-scuttles and made fires.
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If Nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that—warm things, kind things, sweet things—help and comfort and laughter—and sometimes gay, kind laughter is the best help of all.
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If Nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that—warm things, kind things, sweet things—help and comfort and laughter—and sometimes gay, kind laughter is the best help of all.
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Never did she find anything so difficult as to keep herself from loosing her temper when she was suddenly disturbed while absorbed in a book. People who are found of books know the feeling of irritation which sweeps over them at such a moment. The temptation to be unreasonable and snappish is one not easy to manage.
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Never did she find anything so difficult as to keep herself from loosing her temper when she was suddenly disturbed while absorbed in a book. People who are found of books know the feeling of irritation which sweeps over them at such a moment. The temptation to be unreasonable and snappish is one not easy to manage.