DAY 22 - A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU CRY
There are plenty of books that make me cry because they're sad. Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, and Black Beauty, spring to mind.
But the book that has me sobbing like a baby is one with a happy ending. And that book is E Nesbit’s The Railway Children. It’s funny, touching and like all of Nesbit’s books a fun read. She never talks down to, or patronises her readers. And her child protagonists are all very believable characters. They act like real children, and in between having great adventures, they spend a lot of time bickering with each other.
"Only three people got out of the 11.54. The first was a countryman with two baskety boxes full of live chickens who stuck their russet heads out anxiously through the wicker bars; the second was Miss Peckitt, the grocer's wife's cousin, with a tin box and three brown-paper parcels; and the third —
"Oh! my Daddy, my Daddy!" That scream went like a knife into the heart of everyone in the train, and people put their heads out of the windows to see a tall pale man with lips set in a thin close line, and a little girl clinging to him with arms and legs, while his arms went tightly round her."
I bawl my eyes out every time I read it.
And this is one of the most famous scenes in the film. For years I wanted to wear a red petticoat just in case I ever had the opportunity to whip it off and save a train from derailment.