“She walked across the familiar patterned carpet. She touched the polished wood of the chairs. She stared at the paintings on the wall, the depictions of what looked like English fields. She used to imagine…
“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” ― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
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But these days fairy-tale endings come in all shapes and sizes. It’s okay for the princess to end up with the price, it’s okay for her to end up with the footman, and it’s also okay for her to end up on her own. It’s okay for her to end up with another princess, or with six cats, or to decide she wants to be a prince. None of those make her any more or less a feminist. It’s about finding out who you are and what you want, and then being true to it.
— Sarah Haywood, The Cactus
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