The Secret Garden

by

Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Mary Lennox Character Analysis

The novel's ten-year-old protagonist. Mary's mother didn't want her, and Mary's father was busy, so Mary spent the first ten years of her life in Colonial India in the care of an Ayah. She became an ugly and unpleasant child because she always got her way and was never shown genuine love or affection. When cholera sweeps through her family's home, killing nearly everyone, Mary doesn't care much for their plight and only thinks of herself. She's discovered by chance when officers search the house and after being shunted around among several families, she's sent to live with her uncle, Mr. Craven. During this time, Mary comes to believe that she hates all people and would rather sit by herself. The servants at Misselthwaite manor find Mary extremely unpleasant, though the fresh moor air does make Mary curious for the first time in her life. She begins to learn to be self-sufficient when her maid, Martha, teaches her to dress herself, and Mary starts to make friends when Martha sends her out into the garden every day that the weather is nice. Her first friend is the robin, though she soon comes to count the gardener Ben Weatherstaff and Martha as friends. While exploring the grounds, Mary becomes interested in gardening, especially after she learns that there's a secret garden that's locked up. The day after she finds the key and gets into the garden, she meets Mr. Craven for the first time and he agrees that she can have some earth to cultivate. She takes this as permission to work in the secret garden. Mary's circle grows gradually to include Dickon and his creatures, Colin, and Mrs. Sowerby. Her friendship with Colin brings about a number of positive changes, as her selfish nature means that she's able to shame Colin into being nice without fear. As she, Colin, and Dickon work in the secret garden, Mary participates fully in Colin's spiritual system of Magic and grows stronger, more alive, and according to Mrs. Medlock, starts to look pretty. The garden transforms Mary into a whole, kind person who's ready to move forward into adulthood.

Mary Lennox Quotes in The Secret Garden

The The Secret Garden quotes below are all either spoken by Mary Lennox or refer to Mary Lennox . 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 4 Quotes

Mary had never possessed an animal pet of her own and had always thought she should like no one. So she began to feel a slight interest in Dickon, and as she had never before been interested in any one but herself, it was the dawning of a healthy sentiment.

Related Characters: Mary Lennox , Dickon, Martha
Page Number: 36
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"A bird with a red breast was sitting on one of them and he sang."

To her surprise the surly old weather-beaten face actually changed its expression. A slow smile spread over it and the gardener looked quite different. It made her think that it was curious how much nicer a person looked when he smiled. She had not thought of it before.

Related Characters: Mary Lennox (speaker), Ben Weatherstaff , The Robin
Page Number: 44
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Chapter 5 Quotes

But the big breaths of rough fresh air blown over the heather filled her lungs with something which was good for her whole thin body and whipped some red color into her cheeks and brightened her dull eyes when she did not know anything about it.

But after a few days spent almost entirely out of doors she wakened one morning knowing what it was to be hungry, and when she sat down to her breakfast she did not glance disdainfully at her porridge and push it away, but took up her spoon and began to eat it and went on eating it until her bowl was empty.

Related Characters: Mary Lennox , Martha
Page Number: 52
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Chapter 7 Quotes

"I wonder," staring at her reflectively, "what Dickon would think of thee?"

"He wouldn't like me," said Mary in her stiff, cold little way. "No one does."

Martha looked reflective again.

"How does tha' like thysel'?" she inquired, really quite as if she were curious to know.

"Not at all—really," she answered. "But I never thought of that before."

Related Characters: Mary Lennox (speaker), Martha (speaker), Dickon
Page Number: 75
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She walked away, slowly thinking. She had begun to like the garden just as she had begun to like the robin and Dickon and Martha's mother. She was beginning to like Martha, too. This seemed a good many people to like—when you were not used to liking.

Page Number: 78
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Chapter 8 Quotes

"Martha," she said, "they were your wages. It was your twopence really. Thank you." She said it stiffly because she was not used to thanking people or noticing that they did things for her. "Thank you," she said, and held out her hand because she did not know what else to do.

Related Characters: Mary Lennox (speaker), Martha
Page Number: 87
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Chapter 9 Quotes

All that troubled her was her wish that she knew whether all the roses were dead, or if perhaps some of them had lived and might put out leaves and buds as the weather got warmer. She did not want it to be a quite dead garden. If it were a quite alive garden, how wonderful it would be, and what thousands of roses would grow on every side!

Related Characters: Mary Lennox
Related Symbols: The Secret Garden, Roses
Page Number: 95
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Chapter 10 Quotes

"Do you like roses?" she said.

Ben Weatherstaff rooted up a weed and threw it aside before he answered.

"Well, yes, I do. I was learned that by a young lady I was gardener to. She had a lot in a place she was fond of, an' she loved 'em like they was children—or robins. I've seen her bend over an' kiss 'em." He dragged out another weed and scowled at it. "That were as much as ten year' ago."

Related Characters: Mary Lennox (speaker), Ben Weatherstaff (speaker), Mrs. Craven
Related Symbols: The Secret Garden, Roses
Page Number: 111
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"Could you keep a secret, if I told you one? It's a great secret. I don't know what I should do if any one found it out. I believe I should die!" She said the last sentence quite fiercely.

Related Characters: Mary Lennox (speaker), Dickon
Related Symbols: The Secret Garden
Page Number: 120
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Chapter 11 Quotes

Then Mary did a strange thing. She learned forward and asked him a question she had never dreamed of asking any one before. And she tried to ask it in Yorkshire because that was his language, and in India a native was always pleased if you knew his speech.

"Does tha' like me?" she said.

Related Characters: Mary Lennox (speaker), Dickon
Related Symbols: The Secret Garden
Page Number: 132
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Chapter 13 Quotes

"Oh, what a queer house this is!" Mary said. "What a queer house! Everything is a kind of secret. Rooms are locked up and gardens are locked up—and you! Have you been locked up?"

Related Characters: Mary Lennox (speaker), Colin Craven
Page Number: 153
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"Do you think you won't live?" she asked, partly because she was curious and partly in hope of making him forget the garden.

"I don't suppose I shall," he answered as indifferently as he had spoken before. "Ever since I remember anything I have heard people say I shan't. At first they thought I was too little to understand and now they think I don't hear. But I do."

Related Characters: Mary Lennox (speaker), Colin Craven (speaker)
Page Number: 157
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"Oh, don't you see how much nicer it would be if it was a secret?"

He dropped back on his pillow and lay there with an odd expression on his face.

"I never had a secret," he said, "except that one about not living to grow up. They don't know I know that, so it is a sort of secret. But I like this kind better."

Related Characters: Mary Lennox (speaker), Colin Craven (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Secret Garden
Page Number: 160
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Chapter 14 Quotes

And they both began to laugh over nothings as children will when they are happy together. And they laughed so that in the end they were making as much noise as if they had been two ordinary healthy natural ten-year-old creatures—instead of a hard, little, unloving girl and a sickly boy who believed that he was going to die.

Related Characters: Mary Lennox , Colin Craven
Page Number: 177
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Chapter 15 Quotes

"He's been lying in his room so long and he's always been so afraid of his back that it has made him queer," said Mary. "He knows a good many things out of books but he doesn't know anything else. He says he has been to ill to notice things and he hates going out of doors and hates gardens and gardeners. But he likes to hear about this garden because it is a secret."

Related Characters: Mary Lennox (speaker), Colin Craven, Dickon
Related Symbols: The Secret Garden
Page Number: 196
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Chapter 16 Quotes

Mary's lips pinched themselves together. She was no more used to considering other people than Colin was and she saw no reason why an ill-tempered boy should interfere with the thing she liked best. She knew nothing about the pitifulness of people who had been ill and nervous and who did not know that they could control their tempers and need not make other people ill and nervous, too.

Related Characters: Mary Lennox , Colin Craven, Martha
Page Number: 201
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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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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
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"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
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Chapter 21 Quotes

"You'll get plenty of fresh air, won't you?" said Mary.

"I'm going to get nothing else," he answered. "I've seen the spring now and I'm going to see the summer. I'm going to see everything grow here. I'm going to grow here myself."

Related Characters: Mary Lennox (speaker), Colin Craven (speaker), Dickon
Related Symbols: The Secret Garden
Page Number: 263
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Chapter 23 Quotes

"I shall stop being queer," he said, "if I go every day to the garden. There is Magic in there—good Magic, you know, Mary. I am sure there is."

"So am I," said Mary.

"Even if it isn't real Magic," Colin said, "we can pretend it is. Something is there—something!"

Related Characters: Mary Lennox (speaker), Colin Craven (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Secret Garden
Page Number: 281-282
Explanation and Analysis:

And this was not half of the Magic. The fact that he had really once stood on his feet had set Colin thinking tremendously and when Mary told him of the spell she had worked he was excited and approved of it greatly. He talked of it constantly.

"Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world," he said wisely one day, "but people don't know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen. I am going to try and experiment."

Related Characters: Colin Craven (speaker), Mary Lennox , Dickon, Ben Weatherstaff
Page Number: 284
Explanation and Analysis:

Colin flushed triumphantly. He had made himself believe that he was going to get well, which was really more than half the battle, if he had been aware of it. And the thought which stimulated him more than any other was this imagining what his father would look like when he saw that he had a son who was as straight and strong as other fathers' sons.

Related Characters: Colin Craven (speaker), Mary Lennox , Mr. Archibald Craven
Page Number: 294
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Chapter 26 Quotes

"You are just what I—what I wanted," he said. "I wish you were my mother—as well as Dickon's!"

All at once Susan Sowerby bent down and drew him with her warm arms close against the bosom under the blue cloak—as if he had been Dickon's brother. The quick mist swept over her eyes.

"Eh! Dear lad!" she said. "Thy own mother's in this 'ere very garden, I do believe. She couldna' keep out of it. Thy father mun come back to thee—he mun!"

Related Characters: Colin Craven (speaker), Susan Sowerby / Mother (speaker), Mary Lennox , Dickon
Related Symbols: The Secret Garden, Roses
Page Number: 336
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Chapter 27 Quotes

To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body. If you let it stay there after it has got in you may never get over it as long as you live.

Related Characters: Mary Lennox , Colin Craven
Page Number: 338
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Mary Lennox Character Timeline in The Secret Garden

The timeline below shows where the character Mary Lennox appears in The Secret Garden. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1 
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At the time that Mary is sent to live with her uncle, Mr. Archibald Craven, everyone agrees that she's a... (full context)
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When Mary is nine, she wakes up one morning and is angry when she sees that the... (full context)
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Mary soon learns that cholera broke out, and the wailing meant that her Ayah died. Servants... (full context)
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After a number of hours, Mary hears a rustling and sees a small snake slithering through her room and out under... (full context)
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Because Mary is self-absorbed and because Mary's mother never showed her love or affection, Mary doesn't miss... (full context)
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One day, Basil tells Mary that she's going to be sent home to England to live with her uncle, Mr.... (full context)
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Mary travels to England with an officer's wife and her two children. The officer's wife gladly... (full context)
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Since being orphaned, Mary has started thinking strange thoughts and wondering why she doesn't belong to anyone, when other... (full context)
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Mary insists that she doesn't care and that it doesn't matter whether she cares or not,... (full context)
Chapter 3
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When Mary wakes up, she eats some of the lunch that Mrs. Medlock purchased and watches the... (full context)
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Mary decides she doesn't like the moor as the drive goes on and on. Finally, the... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Mary wakes up in the morning when she hears a young maid attending to the fire.... (full context)
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...the strangeness of the house means that Mrs. Medlock was willing to hire her. When Mary asks if Martha is going to wait on her, Martha says curtly that she's Mrs.... (full context)
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Martha says that it's time Mary learned and notes that Mother spoke often about "grand people's children" turning out to be... (full context)
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This frightens Martha, so she comforts Mary and begs her to stop crying. Despite herself, Mary finds Martha's Yorkshire accent soothing and... (full context)
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Martha talks the entire time. Mary tries not to listen at first, as to express her displeasure, but soon finds herself... (full context)
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Then, Martha tells Mary to go outside and play. Mary doesn't want to go out, but decides she'll have... (full context)
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Mary walks off into the grounds, thinking of the garden and whether there's anything still alive... (full context)
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Mary finds a closed door to another garden but it opens into an orchard, not the... (full context)
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Mary walks back to Ben Weatherstaff and coldly informs him that she's been through the gardens.... (full context)
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Looking at the robin, Mary says that she's lonely. This has never occurred to her before, and the narrator notes... (full context)
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The robin flies over the wall again, and Mary cries out. Ben Weatherstaff explains that he lives there among the roses. Mary asks if... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Mary's first few days are all the same. She gets up, eats breakfast, and then goes... (full context)
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As Mary studies the bushy ivy, she hears the robin singing. She greets the robin, and in... (full context)
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Mary stays outside all day and, for the first time, feels glad she came to Misselthwaite... (full context)
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Mary sits silently and notices that she's feeling sorry for someone for the first time. Then,... (full context)
Chapter 6
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One morning, Mary wakes up to gray, cloudy skies and knows she can't go outside. She asks Martha... (full context)
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Mary insists that she has nothing to do, as she can't sew or knit. Martha suggests... (full context)
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Mary tries a handle on the second floor and it turns. She finds herself in a... (full context)
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Eventually, Mary gets tired and decides to return to her room. She loses her way several times... (full context)
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Several days later, Mary wakes up and is greeted by a brilliant blue sky that's brighter than any she... (full context)
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Wistfully, Mary says she'd like to see Martha's cottage. Martha thinks that Mary doesn't look so sour... (full context)
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Mary feels lonely knowing that Martha is gone. She heads outside, runs around the fountain ten... (full context)
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The robin comes to visit, and when he cocks his head at Mary, Mary asks Ben Weatherstaff if the robin remembers her. Indignantly, Ben says that the robin... (full context)
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As Mary walks along the wall covered in ivy, she hears the robin in a bare flowerbed.... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Mary stares at the key for a while, thinking that if she could find the door,... (full context)
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Martha leaves and returns with a present for Mary, courtesy of Mother: a jump rope. Having never seen one, Mary wants to know what... (full context)
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As Mary heads outside, she stiffly thanks Martha for the jump rope and holds out her hand.... (full context)
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Mary wanders through the gardens, skipping and counting. She skips to Ben Weatherstaff and he comments... (full context)
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The narrator explains that Mary will go on to believe that what happens next is the work of Magic, which... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...it are all covered in trailing roses, and the forgotten rosebushes look almost like trees. Mary doesn't know if anything is dead or alive, as everything is brown and still. Mary... (full context)
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Mary picks up her jump rope and decides to skip around the whole garden. At an... (full context)
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Mary realizes that she's late for dinner, so she runs back to the manor and eats... (full context)
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Settling herself by the fire, Mary says that she wishes she had a spade. Carefully, as to keep the secret garden... (full context)
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Martha explains that Dickon will bring the purchases to Misselthwaite himself, which again excites Mary—she finds his love of animals intriguing and wants to meet him. Martha also says that... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Mary decides to call her garden the secret garden. She loves it, especially since she's read... (full context)
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Ben Weatherstaff and Mary greet the robin, who preens and sings for Ben. Ben teases the robin for acting... (full context)
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Excitedly, Mary asks if roses die when they're left alone. Ben Weatherstaff says that some died and... (full context)
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Mary skips away and thinks that she likes Ben Weatherstaff. She skips around the outside of... (full context)
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Mary wishes she could talk like Dickon, as he sounds like he likes her. She notices... (full context)
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Dickon offers to plant the seeds for Mary. Mary is silent for a moment, turns red and then pale, and feels miserable. She... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...the garden. He eventually says that he never thought he'd see this place and reminds Mary that they need to speak quietly so nobody will hear them. Dickon remarks that this... (full context)
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Dickon says that this garden is the best thing for Mary and notes that the smell of the earth is the most wonderful smell—he spends days... (full context)
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Mary remembers the rhyme that Basil sang at her to tease her. She asks Dickon about... (full context)
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Mary races back to her room and excitedly tells Martha that she's been with Dickon and... (full context)
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As Mary grabs her hat to go back outside, Martha says that Mr. Craven is back and... (full context)
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Mrs. Medlock enters and tells Mary to put on her best dress and brush her hair. Martha helps her and then... (full context)
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Mary chokes a little bit on her words, but Mr. Craven encourages her to speak. She... (full context)
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Mr. Craven tells Mary she can go where she likes and asks if she'd like any dolls or toys.... (full context)
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As soon as Mary is back in her room, she excitedly tells Martha all the good news and that... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Later, Mary shows the note to Martha. Martha explains that the nest is a missel thrush nest,... (full context)
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...Colin Craven. The children realize that they're related; Mr. Craven is Colin's father. Colin asks Mary to come closer so he can confirm that she's not a ghost, and he grabs... (full context)
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Mary remarks that everything in this house is a secret and asks if Mr. Craven comes... (full context)
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Mary asks Colin if he wants her to go away, since he doesn't like people looking... (full context)
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Mary asks if Colin thinks he's going to die. He indifferently says that he's heard people... (full context)
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Colin wants to know if the garden is dead, and Mary explains that the bulbs will live, but the roses are questionable. She tells him that... (full context)
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Colin points to a pink curtain on the wall and when Colin asks her to, Mary pulls it. It pulls the curtain aside to reveal a painting of a laughing girl... (full context)
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Mary asks what Mrs. Medlock will think if she finds out that she's here. Colin says... (full context)
Chapter 14
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It's still raining in the morning, so Mary stays inside. Martha comes to sit with her in the afternoon and notices immediately that... (full context)
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Martha insists that Mary bewitched Colin, and Mary asks if Martha is talking about Magic. She then asks what's... (full context)
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Mary muses that it might do Colin good to get outside to see things growing, but... (full context)
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Colin is settled among cushions when Mary arrives. Mary mentions Martha's fear of being dismissed, so Colin summons Martha. He curtly reminds... (full context)
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Colin laments that he never sees anything because he's sick, and Mary points out that he never leaves the room. They discuss him going outside, but Colin... (full context)
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Mary and Colin spend hours talking about Dickon, the moor, and Mrs. Sowerby's twelve children. They... (full context)
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...ill and easily tired. Colin tells him that he wants to forget those things, and Mary helps him do so. Dr. Craven sighs as he leaves, though he admits to himself... (full context)
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Mary spends the next week with Colin, as it's still too rainy to go outside. They... (full context)
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Mary does worry that Colin's dislike of people looking at him will mean that he won't... (full context)
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Mary wakes up very early on the next sunny morning. She throws open her window and... (full context)
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Dickon shows Mary some blooming crocuses and she kisses them. They run all around the garden admiring the... (full context)
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To distract themselves from looking at the robin, Mary tells Dickon about Colin. Dickon looks surprised and then relieved that he doesn't have to... (full context)
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Mary says that Colin spends his time waiting for a lump to grow on his back,... (full context)
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Mary returns to the house late for dinner and asks Martha to tell Colin that she's... (full context)
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Martha is waiting in Mary's room and says that Colin has been throwing a tantrum all afternoon. Mary isn't used... (full context)
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Colin says that he's going to ban Dickon from the manor if Mary chooses him over Colin, which makes Mary very angry. She threatens to never come again... (full context)
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In the hallway, Mary finds the nurse laughing into her handkerchief. She explains that having someone else spoiled to... (full context)
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Mary finds Martha in her room with a box of gifts from Mr. Craven. The box... (full context)
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Mary spends all of the next day in the garden and vows to see Colin the... (full context)
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Mary feels angrier and angrier the closer she gets to Colin's room. She burst in and... (full context)
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...his thin back. She tries not to laugh at the sour and serious look on Mary's face as Mary carefully inspects Colin's back. After a minute, Mary exclaims that there are... (full context)
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...goes outside and doesn't act so horrible, he might. Colin reaches out a hand towards Mary and she takes it. He says he'd like to go outside and meet Dickon and... (full context)
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Once they're alone, Colin asks if Mary found the garden. Mary says that she has, but she'll tell him everything tomorrow. Colin... (full context)
Chapter 18
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The next morning, Mary sleeps late and then listens to Martha as she eats breakfast. Martha says that Colin... (full context)
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In the garden, Dickon introduces Mary to two squirrels, Nut and Shell, who ride in his pockets. Mary tells Dickon about... (full context)
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A bit later, Mary heads inside. When Colin asks what she smells like, she tells him in broad Yorkshire... (full context)
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Colin touches Mary and apologizes for threatening to send Dickon away. He says he wouldn't mind it if... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...of his own medicine the night before. Dr. Craven is astonished to see Colin and Mary giggling and looking at a book. They stop as soon as they see the doctor.... (full context)
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...Dickon is the one who will push Colin's wheelchair, he visibly relaxes. He laughs at Mary when she speaks to him in Yorkshire, and she replies coldly that she's learning Yorkshire... (full context)
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Colin sleeps all through the night and wakes refreshed in the morning. Mary arrives minutes later, smelling of the outdoors and with the news that spring has truly... (full context)
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When Colin and Mary receive their breakfast, Colin imperiously tells his nurse that Dickon and his creatures are going... (full context)
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About ten minutes later, Colin and Mary hear Dickon's animals in the hallway. Martha shows Dickon in, accompanied by Soot, Captain, Nut,... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...visits daily to talk about what's happening on the moor and to tell Colin and Mary about all the animals building nests and burrows. Most exciting to talk about are the... (full context)
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...a bit surprised to see Dickon and a variety of animals sitting with Colin and Mary. Colin looks Mr. Roach over haughtily and tells him that he's going to go out... (full context)
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Dickon returns to the garden, while Mary stays with Colin. During lunch, she notices that his eyes are especially big and asks... (full context)
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...and when they approach the path by the ivy wall, they all start to whisper. Mary points out landmarks along the way—where the robin showed her the key and where Ben... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Dickon is struck by how beautiful Colin looks in the garden, and Mary and Colin speak in broad Yorkshire. They sit under the plum tree, and Colin watches... (full context)
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Later, Colin points out a very old tree. Mary notes that it looks dead, though it's covered with roses. Colin notices a broken branch,... (full context)
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Colin, Mary, and Dickon watch the robin for a few minutes and then, Colin tells Mary to... (full context)
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A while later, Colin points and anxiously asks who the man is. Dickon and Mary turn around and see Ben Weatherstaff glaring at them over the wall. He threatens to... (full context)
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Colin sends Mary to meet Ben Weatherstaff at the door and then asks Dickon to help him to... (full context)
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Colin grabs Mary's abandoned trowel and starts to scratch at the ground. Dickon, Mary, and Ben Weatherstaff watch... (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 in the morning and... (full context)
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When Colin reminds Mary that nobody would dare slap him, she points out that nobody wanted to upset him... (full context)
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In the following months the Magic seems real as Dickon, Mary, Colin, and Ben Weatherstaff watch the garden come to life. Flowers bloom, and Ben tells... (full context)
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...summons Ben Weatherstaff and tells him that he wants him to stand with Dickon and Mary and listen to him speak about important things. Colin declares that he's going to grow... (full context)
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Colin insists that if they repeat this often enough, it'll become second nature. Mary notes that holy people in India did much the same thing, and Ben Weatherstaff says... (full context)
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Mary, Dickon, and Colin lead the way, with Ben Weatherstaff and the creatures following. They move... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...her son and admire his flowers and vegetables. In time, he tells her about Colin, Mary, and the secret garden. Mrs. Sowerby laughs when she hears that Colin is trying to... (full context)
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...mornings, she'll send Dickon with a pail of milk and fresh bread so Colin and Mary can keep their secret. She's right when she suggests that Colin and Mary find the... (full context)
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One evening, Colin miserably tells Mary that he'll have to have a tantrum at some point, especially if the adults keep... (full context)
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...strength training exercises with him. Dickon shows the exercises to Colin, and both Colin and Mary perform them. The exercises soon become part of the day's routine. Thanks to Mrs. Sowerby's... (full context)
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...well and perfectly normal. Colin answers that his earlier ravenous appetite was abnormal. At this, Mary starts to violently hack and choke. She later laughs with Colin about almost spoiling the... (full context)
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...to know how precious they are, though at first, the robin anxiously monitors Colin and Mary. Dickon speaks robin so he's nothing to worry about, but the robin is wary of... (full context)
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The robin watches Colin eventually start to move like Dickon and Mary, which is comforting, but all of them perform strange movements and actions every day. Because... (full context)
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...complains that he's so full of Magic that he can't stay still, and he and Mary discuss how horrified everyone would be to see him stand. They note that they can't... (full context)
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...wants help getting up the stairs, but then he wants to be left alone with Mary so they can look at the house. Colin and Mary run up and down the... (full context)
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That afternoon, Mary notices a change in Colin's room but doesn't say anything until he brings it up.... (full context)
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A bit later, Colin stands upright and shouts for Mary and Dickon to look at him. He says that he suddenly realized he's well. He... (full context)
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...approaches and points out Colin's strong legs to Mrs. Sowerby. Mrs. Sowerby then turns to Mary and says that with how well she's looking, she'll look as pretty as Mary's mother... (full context)
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...talk and Mrs. Sowerby laughs especially hard when she hears how difficult it is for Mary and Colin to pretend that Colin is still ill. Mrs. Sowerby assures them that Mr.... (full context)
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...that bad thoughts can be as damaging as scarlet fever. The narrator insists that while Mary was filled with bad thoughts, she was ugly and yellow. As she learned about the... (full context)
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...at the same time as the secret garden is "coming alive," along with Colin and Mary, Mr. Craven is wandering around Europe as he's done for the last ten years, thinking... (full context)
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...stopped throwing tantrums and started going outside; and he spends all his time outside with Mary and Dickon. He also laughs. Mrs. Medlock says that Colin is in the garden now.... (full context)
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...quiet. Finally, he hears them laughing and running and the door flies open. Colin and Mary burst out and Colin runs straight into his father's arms. Mr. Craven looks over his... (full context)
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Mary and Colin show Mr. Craven into the garden and show him all the autumn flowers... (full context)