Daily Dialogue — February 17, 2017
Miss Minchin: [voiceover, as she leads Sara up to the attic] And because of the expenses you’ve incurred, everything you own now belongs to me: your clothes, your toys, everything, though it will hardly make up for the financial losses I’ve suffered. From now on, you must earn your room and board here. You will move to the attic with Becky and work as a servant. If you fail to meet the standards of this institution or if you don’t do as you’re told, you’ll be thrown out. And believe me, Sara, the streets of the city are not kind to homeless beggars. [as they arrive at the attic] You should report to Mabel in the kitchen promptly at 5 a.m. [sees Sara’s locket, then takes it away] I could have you arrested for taking this. You’re lucky I let you keep that doll. You may have the book, but another incident like this, and I will call the authorities. [lighting and thunder] I expect you to remember, Sara Crewe: you’re not a princess any longer.
— A Little Princess (1995), screenplay by Richard LaGravenese and Elizabeth Chandler, novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Period Piece, suggested by @etom212.
Trivia: Remake of the 1917 movie The Little Princess starring Mary Pickford, adapted from the Burnett novel by Francis Marion.
Dialogue On Dialogue: It’s tricky writing period piece dialogue as one must evoke the era, yet not get in the way of modern audiences’ enjoyment. This is especially true of younger moviegoers and so the dialogue in the 1995 version of this movie has a more modern ring to it.