Elliott-Jane, Memoir, Non-Fiction, social commentary

#560 The Little Prisoner by Jane Elliott

The Little Prisoner by Jane ElliottThe Little Prisoner by Jane Elliott

Jane’s life was pretty awful almost from the beginning. At a young age, she remembers being in a foster home. It wasn’t the best, but it was better than going home. Her brother Jimmy was there as well. When it comes time for Jane’s mother to take her back, Jimmy doesn’t come along. They don’t want the boy.

Richard is her mother’s boyfriend, turned husband, and he’s awful. He requires that the house be immaculately decorated and clean. A passel of boys soon comes into being, but not a girl. Jane is required to do many things, but not all of them appropriate for children.

From around the age of four, Jane is sexual abused by Richard, over and over and over again. When her mother is out of the room, even for a few minutes, abuse takes place. Jane is beaten. Jane is smothered. Jane has her head held under the bath water. Jane is belittled and told to beat up other children.

The abuse continues on even when Jane moves away from home. She is so scared she can’t even think to stand up for herself, with good reason. Once she does stand up for herself, Jane continues to endure harassment and abuse at the hands of her step-father and brothers. Jane has to move away and Richard is finally arrested, but Jane is not entirely free. She still has to deal with years of abuse, and even a beating at the hands of her brothers. She does it all for her own children, fearing that Richard may do the same thing to them.

What I liked

I’m going to be honest with you, there wasn’t anything I “liked” about this story. I’m glad Jane told her story. We need stories like Jane’s so other people in similar situations can know that they’re not alone. Other people went through the same thing.

What I didn’t like

I’m going to internet shout.



Jane suffered terrible things. She should not have suffered any of this. Richard should be in jail, for life and so should Jane’s mother. While we’re at it, let’s put those terrible brothers of hers in there as well.

I hate to say it, but Jane can try as hard as she wants, but she’s never getting over this. Richard damaged her for life. The best Jane can do is try to have a normal life, which is going to be really difficult.

On one side, I want to say that Jane’s mother was equally as abused and brainwashed as Jane was, if not more, but somewhere inside this woman there had to be some maternal instincts. Somewhere inside of herself there had to be this voice that said, “Look, Dear, you can’t let this man turn your children into monsters. You can’t let him do these awful things to your daughter.” Somewhere inside of this woman, there was that voice that said all those things, but she ignored that voice. For ignoring that voice, she is just as bad as Richard. She allowed these things to happen.

I hate to be a mean person, but I hope all the bad karma in the world comes to these awful people who did these things to Jane.


It’s unbelievable that awful people like this just walk around free on the streets.

Weigh In

Are books like this necessary or are they too harsh for every day conversation?

Do you think the publication of this book has helped other children?


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