�Only ignorance! Only ignorance! How can you talk about only ignorance? Don�t you know that it is the worst thing in the world, next to wickedness? And which does the most mischief heaven only knows. If people can say, �Oh! I did not know, I did not mean any harm,� they think it is all right.�
Black Beauty is the only novel Anna Sewell ever wrote and the first major animal story in children�s literature. Sewell�s story raises questions about animal welfare and asks people to be kind, sympathetic to their horses and animals in general.
The well-bred Black Beauty is an ideal horse�obedient, willing, intelligent and courageous. Although brought up by kind masters, he faces hardships under his successive cruel owners. Eventually, when he is no longer fit to be a cab horse, he is sold to a kind master which is his final home. This classic has gone a long way in ensuring that horses meet better treatment.