Nancy, washing dishes at the sink, looked up in surprise. Nancy had been working in Miss Polly's kitchen only two months, but already she knew that her mistress did not usually hurry.
"Yes, ma'am." Nancy answered cheerfully, but she still continued wiping the pitcher in her hand.
"Nancy,"—Miss Polly's voice was very stern now—"when I'm talking to you, I wish you to stop your work and listen to what I have to say."
Nancy flushed miserably. She set the pitcher down at once, with the cloth still about it, thereby nearly tipping it over—which did not add to her composure.
The next day it was a dog, even dirtier and more forlorn, perhaps, than the kitten and was christened Buffy. Miss Polly again found herself to be on the pedestal of kindness and mercy by Pollyanna.
When, however, Pollyanna brought home a small, ragged boy, and confidently claimed the same protection for
him, Miss Polly could not stal silent anymore!
—from this novel
POLLYANNA is a best selling novel of eminent author Eleanor H. Porter which revolves around an orphaned girl who is always keen to please others and make them glad. The novel powerfully brings to light the sentiments and emotions of a child.
How does Pollyanna manage to be so eternally optimistic? How does she spread her bright outlook among the sick, sad, and abrasive people of the town and transform the life of her lonely aunt? It's the "glad game," she says, describing the antidote to hardship and depressed spirits. But in a serious accident, the town almost loses its "Glad Girl," and everyone looks for a way to make this youngster happy again.
Translated into several languages since its original publication in 1913, Pollyanna has been made into a Broadway play, as well as a popular motion picture. One of the best-loved children's stories of all time, this classic—along with its spirited heroine—will inspire readers for years to come.