The Secret Garden

by

Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Colin’s Nurse Character Analysis

Colin's nurse. She doesn't like her job or Colin; she often leaves him in the care of Mrs. Medlock or Martha. When she learns of Colin and Mary's budding friendship, she capitalizes on Mary's selfishness to give Colin a taste of his own medicine. She finds the children’s ensuing argument funny and seems to warm to Colin after this.

Colin’s Nurse Quotes in The Secret Garden

The The Secret Garden quotes below are all either spoken by Colin’s Nurse or refer to Colin’s Nurse. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Healing, Growth, and Nature Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the HarperCollins edition of The Secret Garden published in 2010.
Chapter 17 Quotes

[…] If he had had childish companions and had not lain on his back in the huge closed house, breathing an atmosphere heavy with the fears of people who were most of them ignorant and tired of him, he would have found out that most of his fright and illness was created by himself. But he had lain and thought of himself and his aches and weariness for hours and days and months and years. And now that an angry unsympathetic little girl insisted obstinately that he was not as ill as he thought he was he actually felt as if she might be speaking the truth.

Related Characters: Mary Lennox , Colin Craven, Colin’s Nurse
Page Number: 213
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Colin’s Nurse Character Timeline in The Secret Garden

The timeline below shows where the character Colin’s Nurse appears in The Secret Garden. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13
The Power of Thought Theme Icon
Childrearing and Friendship Theme Icon
...Mary a secret too. He explains that Martha is caring for him now while his nurse is away, and she'll tell Mary when to visit. Mary asks if she should leave... (full context)
Chapter 15
Healing, Growth, and Nature Theme Icon
Secrets and Independence Theme Icon
...and Mrs. Medlock even tells Mary that her presence has been good for the staff—the nurse has agreed to stay on. Mary is still careful to not reveal to Colin that... (full context)
Chapter 16
The Power of Thought Theme Icon
In the hallway, Mary finds the nurse laughing into her handkerchief. She explains that having someone else spoiled to stand up to... (full context)
Chapter 17
Childrearing and Friendship Theme Icon
...her angry and soon, she feels as upset as she thinks he sounds. Suddenly, the nurse bursts in, pale and scared-looking, and begs Mary to come and try to calm him... (full context)
The Power of Thought Theme Icon
Childrearing and Friendship Theme Icon
...lump and he'll die, but Mary insists that this isn't true and asks for the nurse to come and show her Colin's back. Colin wants Mary to look so that she'll... (full context)
The Power of Thought Theme Icon
The nurse pulls up Colin's shirt to expose his thin back. She tries not to laugh at... (full context)
Healing, Growth, and Nature Theme Icon
The Power of Thought Theme Icon
The nurse says that she had no idea that Colin thought he had a lump on his... (full context)
Chapter 19
The Power of Thought Theme Icon
Childrearing and Friendship Theme Icon
...better and wants to go outside, which startles Dr. Craven. He also insists that the nurse won't go; Mary will accompany him instead. This all concerns Dr. Craven as he does... (full context)
Healing, Growth, and Nature Theme Icon
The Power of Thought Theme Icon
...the live things outside, especially the newborn lamb that Dickon saved three days ago. The nurse enters, confirms that Colin actually wants the window open, and goes away to order two... (full context)
The Power of Thought Theme Icon
When Colin and Mary receive their breakfast, Colin imperiously tells his nurse that Dickon and his creatures are going to visit and are to be brought right... (full context)
Chapter 20
The Power of Thought Theme Icon
Childrearing and Friendship Theme Icon
Later, the nurse gets Colin ready. Dr. Craven tells the nurse that he wishes she could go with... (full context)
Chapter 24
Childrearing and Friendship Theme Icon
Secrets and Independence Theme Icon
...that Colin and Mary find the whole thing highly entertaining. They get annoyed when the nurse and Dr. Craven ask too many questions, and one morning, Colin suggests that his appetite... (full context)
Healing, Growth, and Nature Theme Icon
Secrets and Independence Theme Icon
...woods, Colin and Mary start sending their meals back, much to the confusion of the nurse, Mrs. Medlock, and Dr. Craven. (full context)
Chapter 25
Childrearing and Friendship Theme Icon
Colin rings for his nurse and tells her that he wants help getting up the stairs, but then he wants... (full context)