Once on a dark winter's day, when the yellow fog hung so thick and heavy in the streets of London that the lamps were lighted and the shop windows blazed with gas as they do at night, an odd-looking little girl sat in a cab with her father and was driven rather slowly through the big thoroughfares. She sat with her feet tucked under her, and leaned against her father, who held her in his arm, as she stared out of the window at the passing people with a queer old-fashioned thoughtfulness in her big eyes.
Frances Hodgson Burnett, geboren am 24.11.1849 in Manchester, gestorben am 29.10.1924 in Plandome Park/Long Island. Burnett wuchs in den Slums von Manchester auf und wanderte 1865 nach Amerika aus. Sie schrieb knapp 40 sentimental-romantische Kinderromane.