With a sinking heart, too, she realized something else: the dreariness of her own future now without Pollyanna.
Pollyanna died and, of course, she was glad and went to Heaven.
And down plumped Pollyanna in the middle of the dirt path by the old man's side.
Over and over again she was wondering just what sort of child this Pollyanna was, anyway.
And Pollyanna, looking into his face, wondered why there were tears in his eyes.
Pollyanna, be good enough, please, to stand erect in a proper manner.
Down the attic stairs sped Pollyanna, leaving both doors wide open.
Pollyanna drew back at once, laughing a little hysterically.
It was then that Pollyanna, for the first time in weeks, suddenly remembered something Nancy had once told her.
"I reckon maybe they're my flies, Aunt Polly," observed Pollyanna, amiably.
"one who finds cause for gladness in the most difficult situations," 1921, a reference to Pollyanna Whittier, child heroine of U.S. novelist Eleanor Hodgman Porter's "Pollyanna" (1913) and "Pollyanna Grows Up" (1915), who was noted for keeping her chin up during disasters.
(1913) A children's book by the American author Eleanor H. Porter. The title character is an orphan girl who, despite the difficulties of her life, is always extremely cheerful.
Note: A “Pollyanna” remains excessively sweet-tempered and optimistic even in adversity.
An irrepressibly cheery person; undaunted optimist: or were we all a crowd of Pollyannas?
[1913+; fr the title and heroine of a novel by Eleanor Hodgman Porter, 1868–1920]