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The Secret Garden By Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden By Frances Hodgson Burnett

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Secret Garden begins with the introduction of Mary Lennox, a sickly, foul-tempered, unsightly little girl who loves no one and is loved by no one. She is living in India with her parents at the start of the story. A daring army captain and his frivolous, lovely wife, but he is rarely allowed to see them. They have placed her in the constant care of a number of native servants because she is too hideous and tiresome for them to look after. When a cholera outbreak devastates the Lennox household, leaving no one alive but Mary, her life is turned upside down.

After being discovered by a group of soldiers, Mary is sent to live in Yorkshire with her maternal uncle, Archibald Craven, after briefly living with an English clergyman and his family. Archibald Craven closed down Misselthwaite Manor, a sprawling old estate with over one hundred rooms. Master Craven, whom everyone refers to as "a miserable hunchback," has been in an inconsolable state of grief since the death of his wife ten years before the novel begins. Mary learns about a secret garden from Martha Sowerby, her good-natured Yorkshire maidservant, soon after arriving at Misselthwaite. This garden belonged to Mistress Craven; after her death, Archibald locked the door and buried the key beneath the earth.

Mary becomes obsessed with the secret garden and sets out to find it. This curiosity, combined with the vigorous exercise she gets on the moor, has a tremendously positive effect on Mary. She becomes less sickly, more engaged with the world, and less irritable almost immediately. Ben Weatherstaff, a brusque but kind old gardener, and a robin redbreast who lives in the secret garden both contribute to this transformation. She begins to think of these two "people," along with Martha, Dickon Sowerby, and Susan Sowerby, as her friends. Her interest is piqued when she hears strange, distant cries coming from one of the manor's remote rooms.

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