“Whatever comes,” she said, “cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.”
A Little Princess is a 1905 children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Originally titled “Sara Crewe”, the book follows Sara Crewe, an exceptionally intelligent and imaginative student at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies, and tells of how she overcomes the struggles in her life.
Sara Crewe is sent to Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies by her father, Captain Crewe, and Miss Minchin treats her as a star pupil because she’s rich, but secretly she has a serious dislike of the little girl—and Miss Minchin doesn’t like to feel threatened in any way. Miss Minchin later treats Sara to a very luxurious eleventh birthday party per Captain Crewe’s request. Just as the party is ending, however, Captain Crewe’s lawyer arrives unexpectedly and delivers bad news: Captain Crewe has died, leaving Sara an orphaned pauper. Now penniless and banished to a room in the attic by Miss Minchin, Sara is demeaned, abused, and forced to work as a servant.
How this resourceful little girl’s fortunes change again is at the centre of A Little Princess, one of the best-loved stories in all of children’s literature. Get ready to follow Sara Crewe as you dive into her heart-warming and touching story in… A Little Princess.