There’s an old Shirley Temple movie I love, called The Little Princess.
Set in England, a well-to-do little girl is sent to stiff boarding school while her father goes to war. Her widowed father, the Captain, asks that all arrangements be made for her comfort, since they are very close and have never before been apart. After a few weeks, news comes from the war that her father has been killed and that all of his assets have been siezed by the enemy. The school’s mistress allows her to stay on as a servant to earn her keep. All along she keeps her faith that her father isn’t dead and pretends that her grim circumstances are not so bad.
It really is a great story, might want to add it to the NetFlix queue. (That is if you are man enough to watch a Shirley Temple film.)