Review - The Hapless Child by Edward Gorey


A rather macabre version of "A Little Princess" by Francis Hodgson Burnett

Charlotte Sophia had a charmed life with loving "well to do" parents. Her blissful existence ends when her father is called to fight in Africa. When she learns of his death, Charlotte's mother falls into a fatal decline and she is left orphaned.

The family layer ships her off to boarding school where she punished by teachers and bullied by fellow classmates. 

Charlotte eventually escapes from the miserable place but things don't improve much. The locket containing her parents pictures is stolen  and she is sold to a drunken brute who makes her work for scraps off food. 

She changes so much that her father, who, as it happens is not actually dead (you wimped out Gorey!!) doesn't even recognise her limp lifeless body lying in the street. 

Jesus, that was depressing. I need to go out in the sun now...


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