A True Elegance Gem, in Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)

Roxana Anton

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Little Lord Fauntleroy is an 1885 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, considered the Harry Potter of its time, while its author - a classic J. K. Rowling.

At the time, and in the 1900s, it was a major hit of selling and popularity.

If you are interested in other works of this British author, you might read A Little Princess (1905), and The Secret Garden (1911), both received film adaptations.

Today I saw the film, a 1936 production.

The film stars Freddie Bartholomew, Dolores Costello, and C. Aubrey Smith.

The first film produced by David O. Selznick's Selznick International Pictures, was the studio's most profitable film until Gone with the Wind. (source: Wikipedia)

What's lovely about this film, is the touching relationship established by the Little Lord and his Grandfather.

Even more - the relationship he had with his mother, called "dearest".

The mother figure appears very dear and tender, like an angel light in the dark.

It is absolutely touching how she had educated him, never to judge anyone, or to speak about inappropriate things. Always act with generosity, sincerity, and bravery.

The story is deeply tender and educative to every child, a lesson of true elegance.

It speaks about what noble is actually about: kindness, generosity, family love. Not greed, not money.

When the little lord temporarily loses his position, he doesn't care about it. All he needs are the people he loves, like his grandfather, and his mother.

Interesting facts about the novel

The Fauntleroy suit, made of black velvet and a lace collar, so well described by Burnett and realized in Reginald Birch's detailed pen-and-ink drawings, created a pattern for a formal dress for American middle-class children. It liberated them from being photographed wearing dresses, skirts, and similar garments.

The Fauntleroy suit appeared in Europe as well but nowhere was it as popular as in America.

The classic Fauntleroy suit was a velvet cut-away jacket and matching knee pants, worn with a fancy blouse and a large lace or ruffled collar.

These suits appeared right after the publication of Burnett's story (1885) and were a major fashion for boys until after the turn of the 20th century. Many boys who did not wear an actual Fauntleroy suit wore suits with Fauntleroy elements, such as a fancy blouse or floppy bow.

(source: Wikipedia, Little Lord Fauntleroy - the novel).

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