The Secret Garden

by

Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Dr. Craven Character Analysis

Mr. Craven's cousin and the doctor who, for the last several years, has been caring for Colin. He dismisses the London doctor’s opinion that Colin is fine but needs fresh air in massive quantities; instead, Dr. Craven encourages Colin to stay in bed. While he never treats Colin poorly as far as the reader can tell, Dr. Craven does stand to inherit Misselthwaite if Colin dies and so has reason to not want Colin to become well. He's as perplexed as anyone else when Colin begins to improve, and Colin is only marginally successful at hiding his improvement from the doctor.

Dr. Craven Quotes in The Secret Garden

The The Secret Garden quotes below are all either spoken by Dr. Craven or refer to Dr. Craven. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the HarperCollins edition of The Secret Garden published in 2010.
Chapter 19 Quotes

The scene which Dr. Craven beheld when he entered his patient's room was indeed rather astonishing to him. As Mrs. Medlock opened the door he heard laughing and chattering. Colin was on his sofa in his dressing-gown and he was sitting up quite straight looking at a picture in one of the garden books and talking to the plain child who at that moment could scarcely be called plain at all because her face was so glowing with enjoyment.

Page Number: 237
Explanation and Analysis:

"I don't want to remember," interrupted the Rajah, appearing again. "When I lie by myself and remember I begin to have pains everywhere and I think of things that make me scream because I hate them so. If there was a doctor anywhere who could make you forget you were ill instead of remembering it I would have him brought here."

Related Characters: Colin Craven (speaker), Mary Lennox , Dr. Craven
Page Number: 232
Explanation and Analysis:
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Dr. Craven Character Timeline in The Secret Garden

The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Craven appears in The Secret Garden. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 14
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...unsympathetic and says that she doesn't want Colin to die. Colin insists that everyone, especially Dr. Craven and the servants, want him to die. Mary asks what the London doctor said. Colin... (full context)
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...Colin notes that they're cousins. This makes them laugh even more and as they do, Dr. Craven and Mrs. Medlock walk in. The adults look shocked, but Colin calmly introduces Mary to... (full context)
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After the adults confer in the hallway, Dr. Craven reminds Colin to not forget that he's ill and easily tired. Colin tells him that... (full context)
Chapter 19
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As usual, Dr. Craven calls on Colin the day after the tantrum. He usually finds Colin white and ready... (full context)
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When Dr. Craven hears that Dickon is the one who will push Colin's wheelchair, he visibly relaxes. He... (full context)
Chapter 20
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Later, the nurse gets Colin ready. Dr. Craven tells the nurse that he wishes she could go with him, but the nurse refuses... (full context)
Chapter 23
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Dr. Craven is relieved when Mary, Colin, and Dickon return. When Colin announces that he's going out... (full context)
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...return to the tree, Colin declares that he's made his first scientific discovery—but says that Dr. Craven and the household aren't to know about it. He doesn't want people whispering and doesn't... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...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 is bad and... (full context)
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...start sending their meals back, much to the confusion of the nurse, Mrs. Medlock, and Dr. Craven . (full context)
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When Dr. Craven sees Colin after a two-week break, he notices that Colin looks well and perfectly normal.... (full context)