Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a story which revolves around the life of a ten year old child Mary Lennox. It speaks about her journey to Misselthwaite Manor and about her discoveries and adventures there.
Mary Lennox, the child of rich British parents living in India was a spoilt brat. She always had her ways with her servants. She was appeased by her servants since they could not handle her tantrums. She was literally dumped on her servants to be taken care off since, her parents were too busy to bother about her. Her mother was only interested in parties and her beauty, and Mary’s father was busy with his work. the result of this disregard towards their daughter was that Mary was spoiled with temper, unaffectionate, rude, obstinate and a sour child. Mary’s mother was a very beautiful women, whereas Mary on the other hand was ugly, yellow skinned, sick and a thin child. Mary who always saw her mother from far used to admire her mother’s beauty.
There was cholera break out in the place where Mary lived and due to this she lost her parents, her ayah and most of her servants. She survived it since she was all alone in a room, forgotten by everyone in the Manor. The next morning when she woke up after drinking the wine which made her sleep, she was informed that none but herself had survived from cholera amongst all people living in the Manor.
Mary was shipped to England to live in Misselthwaite Manor with her uncle Mr.Archibald Craven, who she had never heard off. The story turns to a very interesting path from the very moment she reaches the Manor. Mary hears her servant Martha, in Misselthwaite Manor speak about a Secret Garden in the Manor which was locked about ten years ago. The curiosity of the Secret Garden makes Mary a little detective. As she had no other work to do and nothing else to think about, most of her days were filled up with her imagination about owning a Secret Garden. She wondered how nice it would be to disappear into a place no one knew but herself. So now the question is, will she succeed to bring her dream into a reality? And she also hears someone cry in the manor almost two consecutive days. Who is it by the way? And she also tends her behaviour. But how?
So are there many more questions popping out in you? Just read the book and kill your curiosity. I loved the book and especially the magic in it . And I hope you will also find the magic the way I did. The book influences a lot. It also changes your perception about life. Want to experience it? Then read it! Enjoy!
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