A princess must be polite

little princess

Today, a costume. Tomorrow, book magic?

Sometimes, when she was in the midst of some harsh, domineering speech, Miss Minchin would find the still, unchildish eyes fixed upon her with something like a proud smile in them. At such times she did not know that Sara was saying to herself:

“You don’t know that you are saying these things to a princess, and that if I chose I could wave my hand and order you to execution. I only spare you because I am a princess, and you are a poor, stupid, unkind, vulgar old thing, and don’t know any better.”

This used to interest and amuse her more than anything else; and queer and fanciful as it was, she found comfort in it and it was a good thing for her. While the thought held possession of her, she could not be made rude and malicious by the rudeness and malice of those about her.

A princess must be polite,” she said to herself.


by Frances Hodgson Burnett (November 24, 1849 – October 29, 1924)
from A Little Princess (1904)
image – Beth Rankin

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One Response to “A princess must be polite”

  1. hanahula Says:

    And thus does good will and great spirit abide in our world . . . with all the sweet nature and kind-heartedness of a wise child.

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