- Sara is an incredibly tragic figure:
- She spent her childhood at the Ballarat orphanage.
- Miranda, her only friend whom she all but worships, disappears suddenly and without a trace.
- She is bullied by Mrs. Appleyard and Miss Lumley.
- Her guardian forgets to pay her tuition and can't be contacted, so she commits suicide rather than be sent back to the orphanage.
- She is never reunited with her brother, who was in the same village the whole time.
- All this and she's only thirteen years old. That poor girl.
- It's hard not to feel sorry for Mrs Appleyard when she's having a nervous breakdown writing to inform the families of the missing girls.
- There's something particularly painful about the short scene where Mlle de Poitiers retrieves some of Miranda's underclothes and hurries out of the room. Sergeant Bumpher explains to Sara that they're for the bloodhound, in the final police search. Sara turns and lies down on her bed in complete despair.
- The classmate gradually breaking down in tears while singing "Rock Of Ages" during a church service, although it was deleted in the Re-Cut.
- Irma bursting into tears because she can't remember what happened to her on the rock.
Tear Jerker / Picnic at Hanging Rock