Pollyanna is hilarious. That may not have been Eleanor Porter's intention when she wrote her classic 1913 novel, but boy is that the case now. Pollyanna finds herself in situations which would today have Child Protective Services banging on her Aunt Polly's door on a near daily basis. It's ludicrous.
Equally ludicrous, however, is our modern penchant for judging history by contemporary standard of morality. So Aunt Polly let Pollyanna hang out with scores of old men unattended, big deal. Just kidding, I wouldn't let my kids spend afternoons with total randos, no way. But such is the innocence which Pollyanna is remembered for - believing the best in people.
Pollyanna's belief in universal good intentions is a dangerous disposition in a dangerous world - -
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