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Also known as ''The Little Princess'' and ''Sara Crewe''.

A 1905 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, also author of ''LittleLordFauntleroy'' and ''TheSecretGarden''. This was a revised and expanded version of a novelette called ''Sara Crewe'' first serialized in ''St. Nicholas Magazine'' in 1888.

Sara Crewe, the daughter of a British Army officer (so [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses there is no actual princess]]), is refreshingly kind, generous and clever, despite her father's wealth buying her every luxury she could desire. (She does, however, have a [[BewareTheNiceOnes nasty temper when provoked]].) She retains this attitude even when she is packed off to a boarding school for formal education. However, a couple of years later, word comes that a bad investment bankrupted her father, who subsequently died of BrainFever brought on by the shock.

Since Sara can no longer pay for her education and cannot reimburse expenses that were to be billed to her father, Miss Minchin, the owner of the boarding school, dismisses Sara's maid, confiscates her possessions (except for beloved doll Emily), moves her into a drafty attic room, and forces Sara to work as a servant. Despite these hardships, Sara continues to keep her kind and generous personality, and endures graciously, mostly through stubborn optimism and a belief that there is a magic in the world that would not let things get as bad as they could be. She does finally give in to bleak despair -- only to be rescued from that despair by the kindness of a stranger.

At the end of the story, it is discovered that "the Indian gentleman" whose servant Ram Dass has befriended Sara is in fact Mr. Thomas Carrisford, her father's "dear friend" who has been searching for Sara. He gives her back her half of the "bad investment", which in the end turned out to be worth many times more than he and her father had anticipated, and takes her as his ward. Her fortune returned to her, Sara is restored to her former social station, but does not forget those who were kind to her when she was in need.

Inspired a few [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie adaptations]], most notably one starring ShirleyTemple in 1939 and one directed by AlfonsoCuaron in 1995. The latter cast LieselMatthews in the role. It has also had many stage adaptations as well as various television shows, including a critically acclaimed WorldMasterpieceTheater [[ShokojoSera anime series]] in the 80s and the more recent (and ''far'' more loosely-based) anime ''SoukouNoStrain'', which adds {{fanservice}} and [[LikeThatShowButWithMecha mecha]] along with giving the heroine an alternative [[ShellShockedSenior reaction to trauma]]. [[RecycledInSpace In SPACE]].

Not in any way a DistaffCounterpart to ''Literature/TheLittlePrince'', though there's a paper to be written on that topic. Please do not confuse with VideoGame/LittlePrincess.
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!!Tropes seen in this story and its adaptations include:
* AdaptationExpansion: The World Masterpiece Theater anime adaptation, ''ShokojoSera'' (A Little Princess Sara), which expands the story to 46 episodes, and adds several new incidents and characters. This adaptation is well known both for being a TearJerker, and for carpet-bombing the viewer with one CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming after another at the finale.
** The writing of ''ALittlePrincess'' is, itself, a tale of AdaptationExpansion. It began life as a novella named "Sara Crewe", but the author felt that the story was incomplete, so it was first expanded into a play, "A Little Un-fairy Princess", and finally into the novel we all know and love. Many of the novel's memorable characters, such as [[BookDumb Ermengarde]], Lottie, [[GirlFriday Becky]] and [[AlphaBitch Lavinia]], were first seen in the play. Reading the three side by side is a fascinating first-hand look at how this trope works.
* AlphaBitch: Lavinia.
* AmoralAttorney: Mr. Barrow, Captain Crewe's solicitor. He's the one who comes to the school to announce his client's death, and suggests making a servant of Sara to Miss Minchin. He also conspicuously does not help Mr. Carrisford track down Sara.
** In Barrow's defense, [[MoralEventHorizon Miss Minchin wanted to throw Sara out on the street]], so he actually saved her from an even worse fate.
*** However, Mr. Carrisford also tells Miss Minchin that "[Sara] would have starved more comfortably there (on the streets) than in your attic", so it's a moot point. He still could have helped Carrisford find Sara.
** Averted with Mr. Carmichael, Carrisford's solicitor. He's introduced as the head of a loving family that Sara envies, and when his profession is revealed, it's in a conversation where he offers to travel to Moscow to follow a vague lead on Sara's whereabouts.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: From Sara to Miss Minchin in the 1995 movie
-->'''Sara:'''Didn't your father ever tell you you were a princess?
* BlackBestFriend: Becky in at least two film adaptations. In the original, though, she is a typical Victorian-era Cockney girl.
* BookDumb: Ermengarde St. John, who has trouble with her lessons, particularly French.
* BrainFever
* BreakTheCutie: The bulk of the story. Miss Minchin, the servants, and Lavinia deliberately try to break her further after she's ruined. the novel even points out that "her child heart might have been broken...." had it not been for Ermengarde, Lottie and Becky.
* CacophonyCoverUp: In the 1995 film, [[CuteButCacophonic Lottie's]] ear-piercing scream creates a diversion under the cover of which the girls can fetch Sara's locket from Miss Minchin's office.
* CinderellaCircumstances: After Sara loses her fortune she becomes a servant in the school.
* ComicBookTime: Sara goes to the seminary when she is seven and becomes poor when she is 11 or older. On her first day Lavinia is already one of the oldest children and is specifically described as 14. By the time the main events play out she should be 18 and have left the school.
* CommonEyeColors: Sara's are gray-green.
* CompanionCube: Emily. [[spoiler:Although in one moment of despair Sara screams at Emily that she's "just a doll".]]
* ContrivedCoincidence: well, it is by a Victorian novelist: [[spoiler: the old gent who moves in next door turns out to be looking for a particular young lady who is due to inherit a great deal of money. Since the 'Indian Gentleman' is not even sure which CITY the little girl was sent to school in, it's somewhat serendipitous that he happens to move in next door from the right girl]].
* CostumePorn: Some paragraphs in the book are spent describing Sara's beautiful clothes. Indeed, lengthy paragraphs are devoted to describing the wardrobe of the ''doll''.
** Almost exaggerated in the Cuaron film. You can hardly blame Miss Minchin when she says Sara can't wear her finery looking at what she's wearing in that very scene.
* DaddysGirl: Sara and her father were very close, and her mother died when she was quite young.
** His calling her "Little Missus" also, [[HaveAGayOldTime to the modern reader]], carries a few... implications.
* DeniedFoodAsPunishment: And smacked around a little, too.
* DeusExMachina: Or rather, extremely powerful convenient visitor. When Shirley Temple's version of Sara finds the hospital that may contain her wounded, amnesiac father, she is allowed to search it after asking a very old, important-looking woman for permission. Upon thanking her for this, Sara asks the woman's name, and then blushes and curtsies when she responds: "Victoria." It's a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, and kind of stops anyone this side of God from keeping father and daughter apart one second longer.
* [[spoiler:DisneyDeath: Sara's father in both of the movies.]]
* DramaticNecklaceRemoval: Sara's locket, in the movie.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: It's Sara's kindness in the worst possible circumstances that attracts the attention of [[spoiler: her father's partner, laying sick in the house next door]], and leads to their discovery of each others' identities.
* EnfantTerrible: Lottie, before she meets Sara.
* FallenPrincess: Sara
* FunetikAksent: Becky and other Cockney characters.
* GirlPosse: Lavinia's small band of hangers-on.
* {{Greed}}: Miss Minchin
* HaveAGayOldTime: The Shirley Temple version has Captain crew requesting that Sara's room at the seminary be made "as gay as possible." We're talking about an all-girls school. Immature contemporary audiences [[SnarkBait are bound to devour that line.]]
** The word "queer" is thrown around like a stuffed animal in the book, if only in the archaic sense.
* KarmaHoudini: Miss Minchin in the movie. All we see happen to her is a look of utter shock upon learning Sara's father is still alive. In the anime, this goes further: she is [[EasilyForgiven reconciled with Sara]], who decides to remain in her Seminary as a day-scholar.
** Averted in the 1995 movie where at the end [[spoiler: she has lost the school and appears to be working as a chimney sweep]].
** Also averted, somewhat, in the original story. Miss Minchin retains the ownership of her school, and apparently is still prosperous, but knows that it is only due to Sara's forgiving nature -- should Sara care to, she could ruin Minchin with a word to Carrisford. This is made worse for Minchin because Sara lives right next door, and every time Minchin sees her, she is reminded of what her vindictiveness and temper ultimately cost her.
*** Also, Miss Amelia has a huge row with her sister in one of the last chapters, and finally plucks up the courage to [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech tell her off]]. It's implied that from then on Amelia will take charge and act as a damper on Miss Minchin's baser instincts by threatening to be a very audible voice of conscience. Given the dynamic that existed between them before, this is quite a come-down and an embarrassment for Minchin.
* MeaningfulName: Sara is Hebrew for "princess." In the book of Genesis, Sarah -- wife of Abraham -- gives birth to Isaac, and is promised that she will be a princess of many nations. Becky's name is a diminution of Rebecca, Isaac's wife (Sarah's daughter-in-law), and the mother of Jacob / Israel. Maria (Miss Minchin's first name) means "bitter". Amelia means "lovable"- and she is the nicer sister, who even gets a boyfriend in the 1995 movie.
* NiceToTheWaiter: One of Sara's defining traits. Even when she herself falls on hard times, she's still kind and generous to those even worse off.
* {{Ojou}}: Sara before her father dies. Look at the title.
* ParentalAbandonment: Sara's mother died in childbirth, and her father when she's eleven. Some adaptations have him turn up alive, but with EasyAmnesia. also, Lottie's father is said to be very "flighty" and to have left Lottie to others after his wife died. In the 1995 movie, Sara's mother dies giving birth to her younger sister, but it still certainly counts as parental abandonment.
* PrettyInMink: A few furs are mentioned, like a doll with an ermine-lined cape, and the fur coat Sara wears at the end. In the 1939 film, Sara wears a blue coat with an ermine collar and ermine muff.
* PrincessClassic: Or almost. In fact, Sara looks up to historical queens and princesses (notably MarieAntoinette in one instance) as role models, which helps her control her temper on occasions.
* PrincessInRags
* PrincessPhase: The most recent film version of Sara not only fancies herself a princess but says that all girls are princesses. She's nearly a teenager but it fits since it is in the Victorian period and probably aimed at little girls. It's worth noting her idea of being a princess does not mean it entitles you to be a {{spoiled brat}}.
** By contrast, the literary Sara did not fancy herself a ''real'' princess; however, others described her as such, and she used the ''ideal'' of a princess as a model and guide for living -- and during the worst of her ordeal, coping with -- her life. However, one of her favorite "supposings" was that she was "...a Princess, and a Fairy one, and because (she was) a Fairy, nothing can hurt (her) or make (her) uncomfortable.
* PromotionToParent: Sara was this to Lottie.
* RaceLift: Becky is not black in the book, but she becomes black in at least two of {{The Movie}}s.
* RagsToRiches, [[InvertedTrope inverted]]: The book and adaptations are frequently promoted as a "riches to rags" story.
** Though of course she [[spoiler: becomes rich beyond her wildest imagination again when it turns out the diamond mines were real and her father's partner is still alive]].
* RepeatCut: At the end of the 1995 film, when Lavinia hugs Sara.
* RichBitch: Lavinia Herbert, who was the richest girl in school before Sara turned up, and sees the younger girl as a threat to her social standing. She's unmerciful in her ridicule when Sara loses her fortune.
* RoyalBrat: Lavinia again.
* SadistTeacher: Miss Minchin, who has a nasty cruel streak and cares about nothing more than money. Her sister calls her out on it right at the end: "You're a hard, cruel, worldly woman."
** She gets a slightly more human portrayal in the 1995 movie. While it still in no way depicts her as sympathetic it does show a few more sides to her personality. When watching Sara [[spoiler: escape from the police across a makeshift bridge]] she is seen crying out with a horrified expression when it looks as though [[spoiler: Sara might fall]]. Earlier, when Sara asks here if her father ever told her she was a princess, after yelling at her she is shown slamming the door and having a very emotional moment,tearful and gasping, perhaps implying that she was probably neglected as a child.
* SaidBookism: There are some instances of words being "ejaculated" in the novel.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Sara's father is alive in the 1939 and 1995 film adaptations. He's horribly injured and traumatized/amnesiac respectively, but alive.
* SpoiledSweet: Sara's a bit naive about the state of the world at first, but even before things get horribly awful she realizes that there are people less fortunate than she is and doesn't act like a RichBitch.
* TrueBlueFemininity: In the 1939 film, Sara is first seen in a blue coat (with an ermine collar) and hat.
* TrueColors: After Sara's father dies, Miss Minchin reveals her bitchy, greedy self.
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[[quoteright:260:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/little_princess_cover.jpg]]

Also known as ''The Little Princess'' and ''Sara Crewe''.

A 1905 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, also author of ''LittleLordFauntleroy'' and ''TheSecretGarden''. This was a revised and expanded version of a novelette called ''Sara Crewe'' first serialized in ''St. Nicholas Magazine'' in 1888.

Sara Crewe, the daughter of a British Army officer (so [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses there is no actual princess]]), is refreshingly kind, generous and clever, despite her father's wealth buying her every luxury she could desire. (She does, however, have a [[BewareTheNiceOnes nasty temper when provoked]].) She retains this attitude even when she is packed off to a boarding school for formal education. However, a couple of years later, word comes that a bad investment bankrupted her father, who subsequently died of BrainFever brought on by the shock.

Since Sara can no longer pay for her education and cannot reimburse expenses that were to be billed to her father, Miss Minchin, the owner of the boarding school, dismisses Sara's maid, confiscates her possessions (except for beloved doll Emily), moves her into a drafty attic room, and forces Sara to work as a servant. Despite these hardships, Sara continues to keep her kind and generous personality, and endures graciously, mostly through stubborn optimism and a belief that there is a magic in the world that would not let things get as bad as they could be. She does finally give in to bleak despair -- only to be rescued from that despair by the kindness of a stranger.

At the end of the story, it is discovered that "the Indian gentleman" whose servant Ram Dass has befriended Sara is in fact Mr. Thomas Carrisford, her father's "dear friend" who has been searching for Sara. He gives her back her half of the "bad investment", which in the end turned out to be worth many times more than he and her father had anticipated, and takes her as his ward. Her fortune returned to her, Sara is restored to her former social station, but does not forget those who were kind to her when she was in need.

Inspired a few [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie adaptations]], most notably one starring ShirleyTemple in 1939 and one directed by AlfonsoCuaron in 1995. The latter cast LieselMatthews in the role. It has also had many stage adaptations as well as various television shows, including a critically acclaimed WorldMasterpieceTheater [[ShokojoSera anime series]] in the 80s and the more recent (and ''far'' more loosely-based) anime ''SoukouNoStrain'', which adds {{fanservice}} and [[LikeThatShowButWithMecha mecha]] along with giving the heroine an alternative [[ShellShockedSenior reaction to trauma]]. [[RecycledInSpace In SPACE]].

Not in any way a DistaffCounterpart to ''Literature/TheLittlePrince'', though there's a paper to be written on that topic. Please do not confuse with VideoGame/LittlePrincess.
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!!Tropes seen in this story and its adaptations include:
* AdaptationExpansion: The World Masterpiece Theater anime adaptation, ''ShokojoSera'' (A Little Princess Sara), which expands the story to 46 episodes, and adds several new incidents and characters. This adaptation is well known both for being a TearJerker, and for carpet-bombing the viewer with one CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming after another at the finale.
** The writing of ''ALittlePrincess'' is, itself, a tale of AdaptationExpansion. It began life as a novella named "Sara Crewe", but the author felt that the story was incomplete, so it was first expanded into a play, "A Little Un-fairy Princess", and finally into the novel we all know and love. Many of the novel's memorable characters, such as [[BookDumb Ermengarde]], Lottie, [[GirlFriday Becky]] and [[AlphaBitch Lavinia]], were first seen in the play. Reading the three side by side is a fascinating first-hand look at how this trope works.
* AlphaBitch: Lavinia.
* AmoralAttorney: Mr. Barrow, Captain Crewe's solicitor. He's the one who comes to the school to announce his client's death, and suggests making a servant of Sara to Miss Minchin. He also conspicuously does not help Mr. Carrisford track down Sara.
** In Barrow's defense, [[MoralEventHorizon Miss Minchin wanted to throw Sara out on the street]], so he actually saved her from an even worse fate.
*** However, Mr. Carrisford also tells Miss Minchin that "[Sara] would have starved more comfortably there (on the streets) than in your attic", so it's a moot point. He still could have helped Carrisford find Sara.
** Averted with Mr. Carmichael, Carrisford's solicitor. He's introduced as the head of a loving family that Sara envies, and when his profession is revealed, it's in a conversation where he offers to travel to Moscow to follow a vague lead on Sara's whereabouts.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: From Sara to Miss Minchin in the 1995 movie
-->'''Sara:'''Didn't your father ever tell you you were a princess?
* BlackBestFriend: Becky in at least two film adaptations. In the original, though, she is a typical Victorian-era Cockney girl.
* BookDumb: Ermengarde St. John, who has trouble with her lessons, particularly French.
* BrainFever
* BreakTheCutie: The bulk of the story. Miss Minchin, the servants, and Lavinia deliberately try to break her further after she's ruined. the novel even points out that "her child heart might have been broken...." had it not been for Ermengarde, Lottie and Becky.
* CacophonyCoverUp: In the 1995 film, [[CuteButCacophonic Lottie's]] ear-piercing scream creates a diversion under the cover of which the girls can fetch Sara's locket from Miss Minchin's office.
* CinderellaCircumstances: After Sara loses her fortune she becomes a servant in the school.
* ComicBookTime: Sara goes to the seminary when she is seven and becomes poor when she is 11 or older. On her first day Lavinia is already one of the oldest children and is specifically described as 14. By the time the main events play out she should be 18 and have left the school.
* CommonEyeColors: Sara's are gray-green.
* CompanionCube: Emily. [[spoiler:Although in one moment of despair Sara screams at Emily that she's "just a doll".]]
* ContrivedCoincidence: well, it is by a Victorian novelist: [[spoiler: the old gent who moves in next door turns out to be looking for a particular young lady who is due to inherit a great deal of money. Since the 'Indian Gentleman' is not even sure which CITY the little girl was sent to school in, it's somewhat serendipitous that he happens to move in next door from the right girl]].
* CostumePorn: Some paragraphs in the book are spent describing Sara's beautiful clothes. Indeed, lengthy paragraphs are devoted to describing the wardrobe of the ''doll''.
** Almost exaggerated in the Cuaron film. You can hardly blame Miss Minchin when she says Sara can't wear her finery looking at what she's wearing in that very scene.
* DaddysGirl: Sara and her father were very close, and her mother died when she was quite young.
** His calling her "Little Missus" also, [[HaveAGayOldTime to the modern reader]], carries a few... implications.
* DeniedFoodAsPunishment: And smacked around a little, too.
* DeusExMachina: Or rather, extremely powerful convenient visitor. When Shirley Temple's version of Sara finds the hospital that may contain her wounded, amnesiac father, she is allowed to search it after asking a very old, important-looking woman for permission. Upon thanking her for this, Sara asks the woman's name, and then blushes and curtsies when she responds: "Victoria." It's a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, and kind of stops anyone this side of God from keeping father and daughter apart one second longer.
* [[spoiler:DisneyDeath: Sara's father in both of the movies.]]
* DramaticNecklaceRemoval: Sara's locket, in the movie.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: It's Sara's kindness in the worst possible circumstances that attracts the attention of [[spoiler: her father's partner, laying sick in the house next door]], and leads to their discovery of each others' identities.
* EnfantTerrible: Lottie, before she meets Sara.
* FallenPrincess: Sara
* FunetikAksent: Becky and other Cockney characters.
* GirlPosse: Lavinia's small band of hangers-on.
* {{Greed}}: Miss Minchin
* HaveAGayOldTime: The Shirley Temple version has Captain crew requesting that Sara's room at the seminary be made "as gay as possible." We're talking about an all-girls school. Immature contemporary audiences [[SnarkBait are bound to devour that line.]]
** The word "queer" is thrown around like a stuffed animal in the book, if only in the archaic sense.
* KarmaHoudini: Miss Minchin in the movie. All we see happen to her is a look of utter shock upon learning Sara's father is still alive. In the anime, this goes further: she is [[EasilyForgiven reconciled with Sara]], who decides to remain in her Seminary as a day-scholar.
** Averted in the 1995 movie where at the end [[spoiler: she has lost the school and appears to be working as a chimney sweep]].
** Also averted, somewhat, in the original story. Miss Minchin retains the ownership of her school, and apparently is still prosperous, but knows that it is only due to Sara's forgiving nature -- should Sara care to, she could ruin Minchin with a word to Carrisford. This is made worse for Minchin because Sara lives right next door, and every time Minchin sees her, she is reminded of what her vindictiveness and temper ultimately cost her.
*** Also, Miss Amelia has a huge row with her sister in one of the last chapters, and finally plucks up the courage to [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech tell her off]]. It's implied that from then on Amelia will take charge and act as a damper on Miss Minchin's baser instincts by threatening to be a very audible voice of conscience. Given the dynamic that existed between them before, this is quite a come-down and an embarrassment for Minchin.
* MeaningfulName: Sara is Hebrew for "princess." In the book of Genesis, Sarah -- wife of Abraham -- gives birth to Isaac, and is promised that she will be a princess of many nations. Becky's name is a diminution of Rebecca, Isaac's wife (Sarah's daughter-in-law), and the mother of Jacob / Israel. Maria (Miss Minchin's first name) means "bitter". Amelia means "lovable"- and she is the nicer sister, who even gets a boyfriend in the 1995 movie.
* NiceToTheWaiter: One of Sara's defining traits. Even when she herself falls on hard times, she's still kind and generous to those even worse off.
* {{Ojou}}: Sara before her father dies. Look at the title.
* ParentalAbandonment: Sara's mother died in childbirth, and her father when she's eleven. Some adaptations have him turn up alive, but with EasyAmnesia. also, Lottie's father is said to be very "flighty" and to have left Lottie to others after his wife died. In the 1995 movie, Sara's mother dies giving birth to her younger sister, but it still certainly counts as parental abandonment.
* PrettyInMink: A few furs are mentioned, like a doll with an ermine-lined cape, and the fur coat Sara wears at the end. In the 1939 film, Sara wears a blue coat with an ermine collar and ermine muff.
* PrincessClassic: Or almost. In fact, Sara looks up to historical queens and princesses (notably MarieAntoinette in one instance) as role models, which helps her control her temper on occasions.
* PrincessInRags
* PrincessPhase: The most recent film version of Sara not only fancies herself a princess but says that all girls are princesses. She's nearly a teenager but it fits since it is in the Victorian period and probably aimed at little girls. It's worth noting her idea of being a princess does not mean it entitles you to be a {{spoiled brat}}.
** By contrast, the literary Sara did not fancy herself a ''real'' princess; however, others described her as such, and she used the ''ideal'' of a princess as a model and guide for living -- and during the worst of her ordeal, coping with -- her life. However, one of her favorite "supposings" was that she was "...a Princess, and a Fairy one, and because (she was) a Fairy, nothing can hurt (her) or make (her) uncomfortable.
* PromotionToParent: Sara was this to Lottie.
* RaceLift: Becky is not black in the book, but she becomes black in at least two of {{The Movie}}s.
* RagsToRiches, [[InvertedTrope inverted]]: The book and adaptations are frequently promoted as a "riches to rags" story.
** Though of course she [[spoiler: becomes rich beyond her wildest imagination again when it turns out the diamond mines were real and her father's partner is still alive]].
* RepeatCut: At the end of the 1995 film, when Lavinia hugs Sara.
* RichBitch: Lavinia Herbert, who was the richest girl in school before Sara turned up, and sees the younger girl as a threat to her social standing. She's unmerciful in her ridicule when Sara loses her fortune.
* RoyalBrat: Lavinia again.
* SadistTeacher: Miss Minchin, who has a nasty cruel streak and cares about nothing more than money. Her sister calls her out on it right at the end: "You're a hard, cruel, worldly woman."
** She gets a slightly more human portrayal in the 1995 movie. While it still in no way depicts her as sympathetic it does show a few more sides to her personality. When watching Sara [[spoiler: escape from the police across a makeshift bridge]] she is seen crying out with a horrified expression when it looks as though [[spoiler: Sara might fall]]. Earlier, when Sara asks here if her father ever told her she was a princess, after yelling at her she is shown slamming the door and having a very emotional moment,tearful and gasping, perhaps implying that she was probably neglected as a child.
* SaidBookism: There are some instances of words being "ejaculated" in the novel.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Sara's father is alive in the 1939 and 1995 film adaptations. He's horribly injured and traumatized/amnesiac respectively, but alive.
* SpoiledSweet: Sara's a bit naive about the state of the world at first, but even before things get horribly awful she realizes that there are people less fortunate than she is and doesn't act like a RichBitch.
* TrueBlueFemininity: In the 1939 film, Sara is first seen in a blue coat (with an ermine collar) and hat.
* TrueColors: After Sara's father dies, Miss Minchin reveals her bitchy, greedy self.
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22nd Jan '13 6:36:53 PM CoolKitten
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Since Sara can no longer pay for her education and cannot reimburse expenses that were to be billed to her father, Miss Minchin, the owner of the boarding school, dismisses Sara's maid, confiscates her possessions (except for beloved doll Emily), moves her into a drafty attic room, and forces Sara to work as a servant. Despite these hardships, Sara continues to keep her kind and generous personality, and endures graciously, mostly through stubborn optimism and a belief that there is a magic in the world that would not let things get as bad as they could be. The only thing that saves her from being an unbearable Pollyanna is that she does finally give in to bleak despair -- only to be rescued from that despair by the kindness of a stranger.

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Since Sara can no longer pay for her education and cannot reimburse expenses that were to be billed to her father, Miss Minchin, the owner of the boarding school, dismisses Sara's maid, confiscates her possessions (except for beloved doll Emily), moves her into a drafty attic room, and forces Sara to work as a servant. Despite these hardships, Sara continues to keep her kind and generous personality, and endures graciously, mostly through stubborn optimism and a belief that there is a magic in the world that would not let things get as bad as they could be. The only thing that saves her from being an unbearable Pollyanna is that she She does finally give in to bleak despair -- only to be rescued from that despair by the kindness of a stranger.
15th Jan '13 3:40:41 PM grendalhopper
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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: From Sara to Miss Minchin in the 1995 movie
-->'''Sara:'''Didn't your father ever tell you you were a princess?


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** She gets a slightly more human portrayal in the 1995 movie. While it still in no way depicts her as sympathetic it does show a few more sides to her personality. When watching Sara [[spoiler: escape from the police across a makeshift bridge]] she is seen crying out with a horrified expression when it looks as though [[spoiler: Sara might fall]]. Earlier, when Sara asks here if her father ever told her she was a princess, after yelling at her she is shown slamming the door and having a very emotional moment,tearful and gasping, perhaps implying that she was probably neglected as a child.
24th Dec '12 6:15:50 AM Lale
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* RaceLift: Becky is not black in the book, but she becomes black in at least one of {{The Movie}}s.

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* RaceLift: Becky is not black in the book, but she becomes black in at least one two of {{The Movie}}s.
22nd Dec '12 11:18:04 AM tyrekecorrea
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* RepeatCut: At the end of the 1995 film, when Lavinia hugs Sara.
20th Dec '12 9:52:58 PM tyrekecorrea
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* TrueColors: After Sara's father dies, Miss Minchin reveals her bitchy, greedy self.
6th Oct '12 2:34:59 PM nombretomado
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Not in any way a DistaffCounterpart to ''TheLittlePrince'', though there's a paper to be written on that topic. Please do not confuse with VideoGame/LittlePrincess.

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Not in any way a DistaffCounterpart to ''TheLittlePrince'', ''Literature/TheLittlePrince'', though there's a paper to be written on that topic. Please do not confuse with VideoGame/LittlePrincess.
14th Sep '12 1:45:57 PM DragonQuestZ
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Inspired a few [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie adaptations]], most notably one starring ShirleyTemple in 1939 and one directed by AlfonsoCuaron in 1995. The latter cast LieselMatthews in the role. It has also had many stage adaptations as well as various television shows, including a critically acclaimed WorldMasterpieceTheater [[ShokojoSera anime series]] in the 80s and the more recent (and ''far'' more loosely-based) anime ''SoukouNoStrain'', which adds {{fanservice}} and [[InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha mecha]] along with giving the heroine an alternative [[ShellShockedSenior reaction to trauma]]. [[RecycledInSpace In SPACE]].

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Inspired a few [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie adaptations]], most notably one starring ShirleyTemple in 1939 and one directed by AlfonsoCuaron in 1995. The latter cast LieselMatthews in the role. It has also had many stage adaptations as well as various television shows, including a critically acclaimed WorldMasterpieceTheater [[ShokojoSera anime series]] in the 80s and the more recent (and ''far'' more loosely-based) anime ''SoukouNoStrain'', which adds {{fanservice}} and [[InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha [[LikeThatShowButWithMecha mecha]] along with giving the heroine an alternative [[ShellShockedSenior reaction to trauma]]. [[RecycledInSpace In SPACE]].
9th Sep '12 3:21:34 PM DragonQuestZ
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* PrettyInMink: A few furs are mentioned, like a doll with an ermine-lined cape, and the fur coat Sara wears at the end. In the 1939 film, Sara wears a [[TrueBlueFemininity blue coat]] with an ermine collar and ermine muff.

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* PrettyInMink: A few furs are mentioned, like a doll with an ermine-lined cape, and the fur coat Sara wears at the end. In the 1939 film, Sara wears a [[TrueBlueFemininity blue coat]] coat with an ermine collar and ermine muff.



* SparedByTheAdaptation: Sara's father is alive in the 1995 film adaptation. He's horribly injured and amnesiac, but alive.

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* SparedByTheAdaptation: Sara's father is alive in the 1939 and 1995 film adaptation. adaptations. He's horribly injured and amnesiac, traumatized/amnesiac respectively, but alive.


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* TrueBlueFemininity: In the 1939 film, Sara is first seen in a blue coat (with an ermine collar) and hat.
11th Jul '12 1:52:39 PM encrypted12345
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Not in any way a DistaffCounterpart to ''TheLittlePrince'', though there's a paper to be written on that topic...

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Not in any way a DistaffCounterpart to ''TheLittlePrince'', though there's a paper to be written on that topic...topic. Please do not confuse with VideoGame/LittlePrincess.
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