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"The generation that has passed ... held together the bonds of our society." Thus spoke the archbishop of Canterbury at Westminster Abbey (Silence of the brave, 12 November). Surely, with the death of three old soldiers, the archbishop cannot really believe that "a generation has passed". It is likely that a few women centenarians still living worked in the fields and factories during the Great War. And what about the thousands of us born before 1914 who helped their mothers to keep the home fires burning?
• Lyn Gardner's piece about envying people who are seeing a play for the first time (Critic's notebook, 11 November) reminded me of a recent visit to see Jude Law play Hamlet at Wyndham's Theatre. When Gertrude reached to drink from the poisoned cup there was an audible and heartfelt gasp of, "Oh no!" from a large number of audience members. I envied all of them. »
Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote one of the classic tales of every girl's childhood when she wrote Secret Garden. With A Little Princess, Burnett further solidified her spot in literary history. Little girls everywhere fall in love with Sara Crewe as she wavers in between luxury and poverty in a school for girls in London. The 1995 film version of A Little Princess receives considerably more press than all the others, but of all the incarnations none receives as much credit for literary faithfulness as the 1986 made-for-tv version. A Little Princess (1986), while not a strong visual foray, takes the classic story and explores it in a way no version has matched since. Captain Crewe (David Yelland) served faithfully in the British armed forces and still found time to rain down adoration on his daughter Sara (Amelia Shankley). With his daughter off at boarding school, Captain Crewe decided to invest in a diamond »
- Lex Walker
2 items from 2009
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