is a 1913 classic children's novel by Eleanor H. Porter
. In the novel, a young orphan goes to live with her wealthy, but stern and cold, Aunt Polly, who does not want to take in Pollyanna, yet feels it is her duty to her late sister. Pollyanna's philosophy of life centers on what she calls "The Glad Game", an optimistic and positive attitude she learned from her father. The game consists of finding something to be glad about in every situation, no matter how bleak it may be.
The book became a best seller, to which twelve sequels were later published. In 1920, the story was produced as a silent film starring Mary Pickford, and again by Disney in 1960, for which child actress Hayley Mills was awarded a special Oscar. A bronze statue of Pollyanna now stands outside the public library in Porter's home town of Littleton, New Hampshire.
Miss Polly Harrington entered her kitchen a little hurriedly this June morning. Miss Polly did not usually make hurried movements; she specially prided herself on her repose of manner. But to-day she was hurrying—actually hurrying.
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.
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