A Little Princess

'l beg of you, Charlotte,' he said.
'Marry Sir John in the spring,
as he has asked.' ''

Thank you, Lavinia.
Sara, you may take your turn.
''Charlotte said to her father,
'Father, you are right.

l must put away my foolish fancies
and childhood wishes.' ''

But l simply won't do it.
l'm sorry, Father.
When l marry, it'll be for love.
And with that,
Charlotte ran from the house.

Waiting outside was
the handsome stable boy, Pierre. . .

. . .whom Charlotte secretly adored.
Together they escaped to the coast
and quickly set sail for Tahiti.

When they were halfway there,
their ship was attacked by pirates!

Rather than be eaten alive. . .
. . .they threw
themselves into the sea.

As they began to drown. . .
. . .they held each other close,
and swore undying love.

Then, when all seemed lost,
a group of mermaids appeared--

What are you doing?
l couldn't bear to see her marry him,
so l imagined another ending.

lmagined it?
Don't you ever do that, miss?
Believe in something,
just to make it seem real?

That's easy for a child
who has everything.

There will be no more make-believe
at this school. . .

. . .during reading
or any other time.

-ls that understood?
-Yes, Miss Minchin.

All of you, go to your bed.