The Secret Garden
The book The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is about a little girl named Mary who discovers a garden that had been kept a secret for a very long time. After Mary became an orphan, she was forced to move in with her uncle, Mr. Craven, who is a very busy businessman and lives in a very big house. At that time Mary was a depressed girl who disagreed with everybody and wanted to live in her own world. She, however, is a very curious girl who isn’t afraid of anything. When she hears crying noises coming from one of the rooms in the house, she follows the noise and she finds Collin Craven. Collin is Mary’s cousin who she didn’t know existed. Collin is very depressed because he is told that he is very sick and needs to be in a wheelchair for the rest of his short life.
Mary likes to play outside at the front of the house. One day she sees a bird and she decides to follow the bird to catch it. The bird leads Mary to the door of a secret garden that is covered with spider webs and plants. Mary starts cutting the plants and finds the handle to the door. But the door is locked so Mary can’t get in to catch the bird. Then Mary looks through the hole for the key to look inside the garden for the bird. She sees a monument that’s a woman next to a little kid. Mary really wants to get into the garden so she goes inside the house and she asks the servant for the key. The servant tells Mary she knows nothing about the garden but knows that Mr. Craven doesn’t allow anyone to go inside the garden because it reminds him of his dead wife, Collin’s mom. Then Mary goes into an old room in the house that she had seen when she was looking for Collin. She finds the key to the garden inside that room and goes inside the garden.
When Mary is inside the garden she is spotted by Dickon. Dickon is the son of one of the servants at the Craven’s house, who knows all about animals and has experience working in the garden. Mary begins to talk to Dickon about Collin. Then Mary and Dickon plan to reconstruct the garden and bring Collin inside. When they’re done fixing up the garden they force Collin outside by pushing his wheelchair into the garden. When he is in the garden he feels alive and suddenly flowers begin to grow inside the garden. Collin starts to breathe and feels his mom’s spirit in the garden. Mary and Dickon help Collin stand up from his wheelchair and convince him that he can walk. With their help Collin begins to walk.
When Mr. Craven came home he went into Collin’s room to show Collin pictures of his mom. When he didn’t find Collin in his room he notices that Collin’s window is open. Then he goes outside and he saw Collin running towards him. Mr. Craven is very surprised and excited that his son can walk. Collin takes Mr. Craven to the garden that he had not seen since his wife died. In the garden Mr. Craven begins to cry and hugs his son, Mary and Dickon. Everybody’s life has changed forever because of the reconstruction of the secret garden.