The setting for this story is London England. The story takes place around the months of November and December of the year 1872. The location is a section of London known as Eastcheap. It is a dark and bleak time. Buildings are rundown and people live out of trunks, suitcases and boxes. The story surrounds a little girl, Lizzie Billingsford, and her daily struggle with life. After the untimely death of her mother, she now must live on the streets the majority of the time pedaling matches to support herself, and her
father's drinking habit. She tries to see the good in all human beings at a time when there is no care for human life, except your own. Her father only sees in the little girl, what he has lost, his wife Beatrice. He has replaced love with alcohol. He is a scornful and bitter man. Into their life steps Eleonore, a proper young lady who is trying to survive the Dreadful times they are in. She befriends Lizzie and Bertie. After a period of time, Eleonore begins to fall in love with Bertie. Lizzie becomes resentful of the fact (through her alter-ego, Arthur), of someone trying to replace her mother who watches over her from above. Bertie demands that Lizzie is to see Eleonore as a replacement for her dead mother. Lizzie confused and angry runs back to the streets that have taunted her, her entire life. She finds solace in the Flames of a Matchstick one last time as she cradles herself to sleep in the arms of her mother in her dreams. Bertie searches frantically, but arrives too late to find the child limp and lifeless in the cold winter night alone on a park bench.
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Sticks A Story of a Little Match Girl a Musical by Jay Nagle and Dwayne Parks
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