Sara sees no reason to be anyone other than herself, and has a strong emotional reaction to anyone asking her to change, or trying to force anyone else to change. She defies her Aunt Hetty by refusing to allow anyone to tell her what to do, or by inferring that her feelings should be anything other than what they are. Though somewhat interfering in her desire to see other people made happy, when Felicity decides to “make over” a friend at school, Sara packs up everything she brought with her to the King Farm and goes back home, declaring “I want no part in any of this.” She tells the girl not to let Felicity change her, or make her feel bad about being her own self. Rather than talk about her feelings with other people, Sara bottles them up inside, goes on long walks, sits down by the pond, seeks out a psychic to speak to a dead parent, and takes revenge on her cousin Felicity for her insult about Sara not having a “real mother” by planting a letter that reveals Felicity was “switched at birth” with Sally Potts.” When her father dies in an accident, Sara becomes withdrawn and private, not even showing emotion at his funeral. She arrives in Avonlea and quickly gains a reputation as the “story girl.” Sara is imaginative, eager to try out new inventions and things, and sees the potential in the people and the relationships around her. She senses what Jasper and Olivia feel for one another and their potential for a love affair and sets about to bring them together. She gets ideas from her environment that spiral out of her control—starting up an advice column backfires when people start thinking ill of each other, pursuing romantic ideas over rational beliefs (much to her aunt’s frustration), and waxing poetic about everything. Sara would rather dream about what is a trunk and keep on guessing as to its contents then open it and feel disappointed by it. She finds a great deal of fascination in old love letters and imagining other people’s tragic lives. Sara is smart when dealing with abstract things (ideas, romance, and idealism) and often offers wise advice about relationships and their deeper meaning, but can also be naïve about people and gullible in accepting new things. Everyone turns to her for “ideas,” and she has no problem generating them with a little time and effort. Later, as she grows up, Sara becomes more reliable, but worries this makes her “dull and predictable.” She and Aunt Hetty find it difficult to see things on the same terms, because Sara’s logic is poor. Whenever riled up into a temper, Sara is blunt in putting people in their place.

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Sara is a romantic at heart, an unrealistic idealist who makes everything beautiful in some way. She lives to dream about romance, and insists on infusing that into everything she investigates, always assuming the best of everyone, acting as a matchmaker among her friends, and insisting on having things her way. She can be rebellious at times, in her refusal to adhere to the rules Aunt Hetty sets for her (wearing dresses other than are chosen for her out of rebellion). She also adores and longs for beautiful possessions and things, chases after whatever captures her interest, and assumes she can do whatever she sets her mind to. Sara doesn’t want anyone to think the worst of her father or call him a thief, and will fly into a tantrum and flounce out of the house in her dark moods. Sara sometimes second-guesses herself only after she has made a mistake, or hurt someone, or ruined their chances at love, and then she berates herself (moving toward 1 self-criticism, as well a 6 desire to restore harmony to her life).