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The Gardener: Introduction
The Gardener: Plot Summary
The Gardener: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Gardener: Themes
The Gardener: Quotes
The Gardener: Characters
The Gardener: Symbols
The Gardener: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Rudyard Kipling
Historical Context of The Gardener
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- Full Title: “The Gardener”
- When Written: 1920s
- Where Written: France
- When Published: 1925
- Literary Period: Modernist
- Genre: Short story
- Setting: Rural England and Normandy in France
- Climax: Helen Turrell tells the gardener that she’s looking for the grave of her “nephew” (who is actually her illegitimate son, Michael), and the gardener says he will show her where her “son” is buried, immediately intuiting Helen and Michael’s true relationship.
- Antagonist: Death
- Point of View: Third person
Extra Credit for The Gardener
Famous Friends. Kipling was friends with many famous authors of the late nineteenth century. He spent time with Mark Twain and Arthur Conan Doyle, and the famous novelist Henry James attended Kipling and Caroline’s wedding.
Literature Laureate. Kipling received his Nobel Prize for Literature when he was forty-two years old, making him the youngest winner of the prize to date.