A Little Princess
Lavinia laughed at my muddy skirt as I passed her in the hall, I thought of something to
say all in a flash--and I only just stopped myself in time. You can't sneer back at people
like that- -if you are a princess. But you have to bite your tongue to hold yourself in. I bit
mine. It was a cold afternoon, Melchisedec. And it's a cold night."
Quite suddenly she put her black head down in her arms, as she often did when she was
"Oh, papa," she whispered, "what a long time it seems since I was your `Little Missus'!"
This was what happened that day on both sides of the wall.