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A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett first published in 1905 - LWT 1986
Captain Crewe knows he is ruined but is too sick to be able to anything about it.
Meanwhile oblivious to her misfortune, Sara finds Beck asleep on the stairs. She wakes her up so Miss Minchin will not find out. Sara tells her she will ring her back some food after she and Mariette have been shopping. Becky tells Sara that the staff in the kitchens caller a Princess.
In class the girls are being mean to Ermengarde and start pulling her hair in an attempt to get information about Sara.
Elsewhere Miss Amelia is having trouble with Lottie who is having a tantrum on the office floor. Miss Minchin threatens to spank her if she does not stop this silly behaviour. Sara intervenes and offers to deal with Lottie. Miss Minchin and Amelia leave her to it. We soon learn that Lottie misses her mother and that like Sara her mother has died. Sara takes Lottie up to her room and shows her Emily. Becky intercepts the morning post and races upstairs with a letter for Sara. Sara gives Becky the food she purchased.
On her birthday, Sara receives a present from Beck. Mariette is astonished that it is both dirty and has bad spelling.
At the party, Sara and the girls are having a lovely time. Sara asks Miss Minchin if Becky can stay and watch the present openings. Sara learns of the death of her father. Miss Minchin learns that all the gifts, pony and trap etc. which she has purchased will not be paid for by the Crewe state. Miss Minchin is furious when she finds Becky hiding under a table and has over heard everything. Becky asks if she could still wait on Sara after her normal chores were complete. Miss Minchin threatens to throw her out. Miss Minchin brings the party to a close. Sara is told she is penniless, a pauper with no other relatives. Mariette too has to leave, all Sara's belongings are removed and she is taken out of her single room and placed in the attic. Sara is along with no one in the world. Miss Minchin takes her upstairs and reveals to her the new room It is cold, damp and gray, a far cry from her lovely room downstairs.
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