This week my teaser lines come from a book I'm reading for the Pre-1960 Classic Children's Books Reading Challenge -- Mistress Masham's Repose by T.H. White. The story revolves around the ten-year-old orphan Maria who discovers a whole city of tiny people inhabiting an island in a lake on the estate where she lives. Needless to say, Maria is fascinated with the little creatures and soon becomes completely involved in helping them and protecting them from harm. But, as we see in this snippet, she also begins to have problems controlling their relationship:
The more she adored and wondered at the doings of her six-inch People, the more she wanted to take control of them. She wanted to play with them, like lead soldiers, and even dreamed of being their queen. She began to forget what the Professor had said, about not being an owner.Yes, Lilliputians. As in Gulliver. It's a very cute story and I'm hoping for a happy ending.
But the Lilliputians were not toys. (p.82)
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