“The Little Princess” storybook text continues:
in the storybook itself:
Until one day, when she was sent away to a strange house.
And the poor little girl was sent away to a strange house.
The accompanying illustration is of a man pulling the girl by the arm as he walks, and the girl is holding the little princess doll by the hand with her other hand. An interesting feature of this man is that he has a mustache. This is interesting because neither Gregory Wilson, nor Mr. Hoffman, are depicted as having a mustache at any point in the Rule of Rose game… and those two men are the only adult males that we ever encounter during the game.
The illustration also shows a couple of trees to the left, near one of which stands Stray Dog (standing like a man, but having the head of a dog). In the distance is what appears to be a house behind a wall… presumably the orphanage.
This is where the storybook ends when Jennifer is at the bus stop during “The Little Princess” chapter of Rule of Rose. The page on the right doesn’t appear until Joshua (in the attic of the orphanage, during “The Little Princess” chapter of Rule of Rose) asks Jennifer to read more of the storybook. Now the page on the right will temporarily mark the ending of “The Little Princess” storybook, until the text once again extends. See my blog-post: “The Continually Growing Storybook (‘The Little Princess’)”
At her new home, the Aristocrat Club lived by the Rule of Rose. But the girl found herself very much alone.
The accompanying illustration shows seven girls standing amidst seven long-stem roses:
The tall girl with a kerchief-tie is Diana.
The girl with the birdcage is Eleanor.
The girl wearing glasses is Meg.
The rotund girl is Amanda.
The girl with pig tails is Susan.
The small girl remaining is presumably Olivia.
Clara is not depicted here, or anywhere else in this storybook.
Wendy is not ever depicted in this storybook, at least not as a little girl. Does the little princess doll, later on in the storybook, represent her? I’ll discuss that question in a future blog-post.
There are a number of mysteries that we now face in trying to explain the story of “The Little Princess” storybook: