An Acrobat's Girlhood by Hesba Stretton.


This is a short story detailing the abuses that circus workers suffered in the nineteenth century. Two strangers come over and offer Trixy training and a good job to go with them to be an acrobat. She travels to different countries and practices a lot. They overwork all the acrobats but they cannot escape.—Curiosmith (2012).

Chapters—4 untitled chapters.


  • Ruth — the eldest daughter.
  • Little Nell — the youngest daughter.
  • Nancy — a daughter.
  • Trixy (or Beatrice) — the daughter who joined the circus.
  • Father — the father of the family.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Lafosse — The circus owners.
  • Rosa — another circus worker.