THE SECRET GARDEN SUMMARY

 

Mary Lennox lives with her rich parents in India. No one has ever really cared for her; hardly anyone knows she is even there. One day a cholera epidemic breaks out and nearly everyone dies. Mary hides in the nursery and when she wakes up the next morning, there is no one left. She is sent to England where her uncle, Archibald Craven, lives. A woman called Medlock is sent to take her to the manor. Normally the 500 year old Misselthwaite Manor on the Yorkshire moors isnít a place for a child to grow up. There are about a thousand rooms, hundreds locked, so no one can go in. There is a big mystery about a secret garden that had been locked up ten years ago. A young housemaid called Martha has to look after Mary. First Mary doesnít like her much, but because Martha is so nice and funny she soon starts liking her. Martha gives her a skipping rope, so Mary can play in the many gardens of Misslethwaite Manor. In the gardens she meets Ben Weatherstaff, an old gardener, and his robin. The robin becomes Maryís first friend. He shows her the key to the secret garden and also the door hidden under thick ivy. As soon as she enters the garden, it becomes her own little mystic world. One day she hears cries and looks for the person (It isnít the first time she has heard it, but every time she wanted to look somebody stopped her and gave her some explanation). In a room behind a tapestry she finds a boy, Colin Craven, her cousin. He canít walk nor stand up, and everybody thinks that heís going to die. His father has never wanted to see him because heís so different from his dead mother. With Dickon, Marthaís brother, and Mary he goes into the secret garden in a kind of a wheel chair, and learns to walk. They all say itís ďMagicĒ that made all these wonders possible: Colinís walking, Maryís change into a nice girl and her joy in the secret garden.

 

 

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