Pollyanna

1
This is really not a story .... it's
a rainbow -- born of the sun-
shine of a little girl's smile
glistening through her tears
....it's a fantasy of children's
laughter, of hope, of gladness
.... for Pollyanna's "Glad Game"
holds forth this message --

	Be thou the rainbow
	to the storms of life,
	the joyous beam that
	smiles the clouds away.

2
One lovely morning
when Spring was
glorifying the Ozark
mountains, a little girl
sang a tired man to rest.

3
"Rock-a-bye baby
on the tree top,
when the wind blows,
the cradle will rock,
when the bough breaks-"

4
"Oh, Daddy - you 
must not leave
me....I love you so."

5
"Time will pass quickly.
It won't be long before
my little girl will be a
great, big girl ---- then
she'll find someone else
to love and protect her."

6
"Not the Ladies' Aiders?"

7
"I'll only marry ministers."

8
"They're easy to 
cook for 'cause
they don't eat much."

9
"We've had so much 
fun together, haven't 
we, Daddy dear?"

10
"I'm glad - he's gone to
Heaven. I-I'm sure
it's an improvement 
over missionarying in
the Ozark mountains."

11
... And so Pollyanna
was left with only one
living relative in the
whole world. In far-away
New England, a spinster
aunt Polly Harrington, lived
with wealth and comfort,
but without happiness.

12
"Nancy!!! Hot water
 and baking soda!"

13
Duty was a religion with 
Pollyanna's aunt ----
so, as a duty alone, she
offered the orphan shelter.

14
The day of Pollyanna's
leaving was filled 
with excitement, antici-
pation ---- memories.

15
"That contains my 
  necessaries."

16
".... and this contains
my dearest treasures."

17
"Wherever you are, 
Daddy Dear, I want
you to know that
I'll try to be glad."

18
"I am going to live 
  with my own 
dear Aunt Polly."

19
On the day Pollyanna 
arrived in Beldings-
ville, the only sunshine
was within her own heart.

20
"Oh, Aunt Polly! I'm so
glad, glad, glad
to see you!"

21
"Well, I'm glad you're 
  not Aunt Polly!
Now I have that to 
look forward to."

22
But nothing could dampen 
Pollyanna's enthusiasm.

23
The glad girl crosses 
the threshold of her
new life, sure of a ten-
der love awaiting her.

24
"Well, this is a nice
   howdy do! But
just what I expected."

25
"My stars! Look 
 at that mud!"

26
"Don't flatter yourself, 
Miss! This is my room."

27
"Your room is 
 in the attic."

28
"I'm glad I have that
to look forward to."

29
"What are you
crying about?
She - she isn't
your aunt!"

30
The sultry night
that followed the 
rain led Pollyanna
into more difficulties.

31
"I says, says I, you're
a miserable, selfish
old woman to treat
your poor little niece
 like that, I says."

32
"An' wot did she say?"

33
"Oh, she was upstairs --
she didn't hear me."

34
"A perfectly terrible 
looking man sprang
through the window 
-- at my throat!"

35
"Excuse me, Aunt Polly
  -- it was me."

36
"I'll attend to you in
the morning, Miss."

37
"Well, anyway - I'm glad
it isn't tonight ! 'cause
maybe perhaps tomorrow
  she might forget."

38
A lot of turnips, fast being
surrounded by a hungry 
little boy ---- a fugitive
from a distant orphanage.

39
At every turn
Pollyanna found
some dark life
to brighten...

40
"My name's Jimmy Bean,
   I'm an orphan."

41
"That's nothing,
   so am I."

42
"I'm lookin' for a home 
  and a real mother."

43
"Maybe - perhaps -
my Aunt Polly
will adopt you."

44
"I won't be no trouble 
 to her. I can work."

45
"I'm smart, I got
brains, too....."

46
"An' I don't eat much...."

47
"Oh! them's turnips!"

48
The Ladies' Aid
of Beldingsville
are met to consider
the welfare of the 
orphans of Timbuctoo.

49
"Here's Jimmy Bean....
  a nice little boy
  for you to adopt."

50
"As if mangy dogs 
and stray cats 
weren't enough 
without bringing in 
filthy little beggars 
from the street...."

51
"Excuse me, Ma'm,
I wouldn't have
come here only
she told me you
was a good adopter."

52
"Maybe, perhaps, you 
hurt his feelings."

53
Night..... A dark and
stormy night -- there
was a mysterious reason
why Pollyanna did not
want her aunt to put
the butter in the cellar.

54
"Please don't go into 
that terrible cellar,
Aunt Polly -- maybe,
perhaps, the Goblins
  might get you!"

55
"Help, the turnips 
   have got me!"

56
"Aunt Polly, dear, how
would you like to 
be a little boy and 
have someone turn
you out in the rain?"

57
"Pollyanna, go get 
me the old red
crazy quilt -----
I don't know why 
I give in to your
outlandish whims."

58
And then there was John 
Pendleton, the richest 
and most lonely man in 
town, who had closed the 
gates of his heart when 
the girl he loved married 
a missionary and departed
for the Ozark mountains.

59
"Dear Little Memory Eyes."

60
"Old Son-of-a-Gun!
I bet he's goin' 
to skin her alive."

61
"Why, it's my own 
 darling mamma!"

62
"I promised Daddy
to be glad, and
I try so hard, but,
Oh, mother dear - I
want to be wanted."

63
"I want to be loved,
please .... come
back to me ... please!"

64
"I also loved 
your mother."

65
"You oughta be
ashamed of your-
self - pickin' on her."

66
"Jimmy -- I'm crying
because he's made
me so ---- so glad."

67
"Gee, if that ain't
just like a girl."

68
"I'm sorry, Mr. Pendleton,
but there's about thir-
teen of 'em I can't return."

69
Aunt Polly had known
romance, too .... but
a quarrel had separated
her, for fifteen lonely
years, from her girl-
hood's sweetheart, the
kindly village doctor --
           Tom Chilton.

70
"Oh, I'm dying,
  Pollyanna,
  dying!!!""

71
On the day of 
Aunt Polly's 
shopping trip to 
  the city.

72
"Do you want to 
  go to Heaven, 
little fly?...you shall."

73
"I'm so glad I'm going 
for the lovely ride."

74
"I'm tired of this 'glad'
business, it's nothing
but 'glad, glad, glad'
from morning 'til night
-- just for that you
    stay home."

75
"Well, anyway, I'm
glad I didn't 
count on going."

76
"It's her birthday today,
Pollyanna. I was
jest thinkin' what a pity
she was ever born."

77
"Well, I'm glad - that
   she isn't twins."

78
"He ain't no good,
you can have him."

79
"Many happy returns,
    Aunt Polly."

80
"You see -- she
loves him ! she's
glad to adopt him."

81
"Please may we borrow
     your baby ?"

82
"This ain't no baby buggy,
  it's a fire engine !"

83
"You're the beginnings 
of a wife-beater !"

84
But Aunt Polly did
not forget ----
So let us draw the veil
and pass on, say
three or four months later.

85
Like a sunbeam, Pollyanna
with her glad game, sought
to brighten the shadowed 
lives of young and old.

86
Old Lady Snow, for years 
had enjoyed poor health,
and stubbornly insisted she
had nothing to be glad about.

87
"These are my friends, 
Mrs. Snow - I brought 
them to cheer you up."

88
"'Her golden hair
was hanging
down her back'....
I haven't danced
to that tune
for twenty years !"

89
"She can't hear the
music, she's - deaf."

90
"I'm thankful that 
I'm not deaf !"

91
"I'm glad that I'm
   not blind ...."

92
"Oh, Mrs. Snow, you're
playing it - you're
playing the 'glad game'!"

93
"My daddy used to say-
if the dear Lord told
us eight hundred times,
to rejoice and be glad -
He must have wanted 
us to do it -- some."

94
"How can I shoot straight
  with you looking
 crooked like that ?"

95
"Man's love is of man's life
a thing apart; 'tis
woman's whole existence."

	BYRON

96
"Jimmy didn't fudge."

97
"I can't be bothered 
with women now, 
this is a man's game."

98
"You'll be sorry 
when I'm dead."

99
"All right, go on
     and die."

100
"You know Jimmy Bean,
Mr. Pendleton. Well-
he's just dyin' to adopt
   you as a father."

101
"He's such a little 
    gentleman."

102
"He'll be so good to you."

103
"I'll teach Pollyanna
not to dilly-dally."

104
"I didn't realize
  how much she 
  meant to me."

105
It was Aunt Polly who 
insisted they have
a specialist, though
Pollyanna pleaded
for Dr. Chilton.

106
"... and I told her 
  to go and die."

107
"Are you comfortable, dear?"

108
"Oh, Aunt Polly, you 
called me dear !"

109
"Maybe -- if I got 
really sick you 
would -- -- kiss me."

110
"It's so good to have 
you love me, Aunt 
Polly, I--I'm really
glad I was hurt."

111
"Tomorrow, Jimmy Bean
will legally adopt 
me as a father."

112
Hushed hours of
fearful waiting ....

113
"My heart is breaking,
Pendleton... to think
that child has asked 
for me - and I am not
allowed to see her."

114
"Doctor, why don't my 
   legs wake up ?"

115
"Not that! Doctor,
not that! You
don't mean ----
the - child - will
never walk again!"

116
"I suppose, Jimmy
I won't be able
to play with you
   any more."

117
"God wouldn't allow
those little feet 
to be destroyed
when He needs them 
to run His errands."

118
"You made us all so 
happy, Pollyanna,
by teachin' us the
Glad Game. Please 
try to play it - somehow."

119
"If I can't walk - how
am I going to be 
glad - about anything?"

120
"Aw go on - try!"

121
"I'm glad -- I had
so much fun --
on my legs --
while they lasted."

122
The songs of gladness were
hushed while the long
shadows crept into winter.

123
"You won't be 
mad at me ?"

124
"Please, Aunt Polly dear,
why can't I have 
Dr. Chilton ? I -- just
know he would help me."

125
"Pollyanna, you know I told
Dr. Chilton years ago,
the next time I asked
him into this house --
he could consider him-
self forgiven and I will
   not give in now."

126
"Remember, Jimmy, un-
happy thoughts will 
only hurt Pollyanna."

127
Love had entered
Aunt Polly's heart 
and there was no
longer any room
for hurt vanity or
  false pride.

128
"I am going to make
you well, Pollyanna,
because ...you have
   faith in me."

129
Even when it had become 
doubtful whether Pollyanna
would ever walk again,
the seeds of love she
had sown flowered into
a wondrous hope - a hope
overshadowed with fear.

130
"Is there anyone you 
would like to see ?"

131
"No -- no one ....
  where's Jimmy?"

132
"I wasn't cryin' 'bout
  Pollyanna ---- I
 got the toothachin'"

133
"Aw - she's kissin' him."

134
"Me an' you'll be growin' 
   up pretty soon.
Guess I'll have to shave
 in 'bout five years."

135
"I guess we'll be awful 
rich... I'm goin' to be
a street car conductor."

136
"I'm glad of that, 'cause
maybe perhaps we'll
take our children for
free rides for nothing
   on Sundays."

THE
END


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