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Quotes

Find the perfect quote to float your boat. Shmoop breaks down key quotations from A Little Princess.

Isolation Quotes

And upstairs in the locked room Sara and Emily sat on the floor and stared at the corner round which the cab had disappeared, while Captain Crewe looked backward, waving and kissing his hand as if...

Friendship Quotes

… and Sara saw her and was so sorry for her that she began rather to like her and want to be her friend. (3.4)

Jealousy Quotes

One of Miss Minchin's chief secret annoyances was that she did not speak French herself, and was desirous of concealing the irritating fact. (2.24)

Suffering Quotes

Becky ran to her and caught her hand, and hugged it to her breast, kneeling beside her and sobbing with love and pain. (7.205)

Courage Quotes

"I don't like it, papa," she said. "But then I dare say soldiers—even brave ones—don't really LIKE going into battle." (1.20)

Perseverance Quotes

Little Sara rose in her seat. She was beginning to feel rather desperate, as if she were almost in disgrace. She looked up into Monsieur Dufarge's face… (2.37)

Appearances Quotes

She was rather pretty and had been the best-dressed pupil in the procession when the Select Seminary walked out two by two, until Sara's velvet coats and sable muffs appeared... (4.6)

Society and Class Quotes

"Yes miss, you are," she cried, and her words were all broken. "Whats'ever 'happens to you—whats'ever—you'd be a princess all the time—an' nothing couldn't make you nothin' different." (7.206)

Poverty Quotes

"You are a beggar," said Miss Minchin, her temper rising at the recollection of what all this meant. "It appears that you have no relations and no home, and no one to take care of you." (7.166)

Transformation Quotes

The change in her life did not come about gradually, but was made all at once. (8.4)
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