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PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Secret Garden [with Biography on Frances Hodgens Burnett] Mary Lennox is born in India to British parents She is unwanted by her mother and taken care of primarily by servants who pacify her as much as possible to keep her out of the way Spoiled and with a temper she is unaffectionate angry and rude A cholera breakout in the manor kills her parents and many servants and she is discovered alone but alive after the house is abandoned She is sent to England to live with her Uncle Archibald Craven .
At first Mary is her usual self and is sour disliking the large house the people within and most of all the vast stretch of moor which seems scrubby and gray after the winter She is told that she must stay to her two rooms and that nobody will bother much with her and she must amuse herself Martha Sowerby her good natured maidservant tells Mary a story of the late Mrs Craven and how she would spend hours in a private garden growing roses an untimely accident kills her and Mr Craven has the garden locked and the key buried Mary is roused by this story and starts to soften her ill manner despite herself Soon she begins to lose her disposition and gradually comes to enjoy the company of Martha Ben Weatherstaff the gardener and also that of a friendly robin redbreast to whom she attaches human qualities Her appetite increases and she finds herself getting stronger as she plays by herself on the moor Martha s mother buys Mary a skipping rope in order to expedite this and she takes to it immediately Mary s time is occupied by wondering about the secret garden and a strange crying that can sometimes be heard around the house which the servants ignore or deny .
While skipping around the walls housing the various gardens Mary comes across a badger hole and finds a key Thinking it must be to the door of the secret garden she spends days wandering around the outside wall looking for the door Finally by chance she finds it and steps inside the garden nobody has tended for over ten years She chances to ask Martha if she can have some garden tools and Martha suggests that Dickon her twelve year old brother deliver them Mary and Dickon meet and immediately take a liking to each other as Dickon has a soft way with animals and a good nature Eager to absorb his gardening knowledge she reluctantly lets him into the secret of the garden which he agrees to keep .
That night Mary hears the crying again She follows the noise and to her surprise finds a small boy her age thin and weak They introduce each other and she finds out her uncle has a son Colin Colin is in deep fear of becoming a hunchback and for years has heard whispers of him dying and he s come to believe it Mary quickly convinces him otherwise and visits almost every day that week distracting him from his troubles with stories of the moor of Dickon and his animals and of the garden though she doesn t admit that she s found it yet When he throws a tantrum after she refuses to be ordered by him she throws his attitude back and surprises him out of his fit They reconcile and it is decided what he needs is fresh air and the secret garden which Mary finally admits she has access to Colin is put into his chair and brought outside into the garden the first time he s been outdoors in years .
While in the garden the children are surprised to see Ben Weatherstaff looking over the wall on a ladder Startled and angry to find the kids there in his late mistress garden he starts to yell at Mary when he notices Colin Taken completely by surprise he accidentally lets slip that he thought Colin was a cripple with a hunch back and twisted legs Colin stands out of his chair to prove him wrong and finds that his legs are fine though weak from misuse .
From then on Colin spends every day in the garden and gets stronger The children conspire to keep Colin s health a secret so he can surprise his father who is still away traveling and mourning over his late wife As Colin s health improves his father s mood does as well and he has a dream of his wife calling him into the garden that makes him immediately pack his bags and head home He walks the outer wall in memory but hears voices inside finds the door unlocked and is shocked to not only see the garden in full bloom with children in it but his son running .
The servants watch as Mr Craven walks back to the manor and all are stunned that Colin runs beside him looking happy
When orphaned Mary Lennox comes to live at her uncle s great house on the Yorkshire Moors she finds it full of secrets The mansion has nearly one hundred rooms and her uncle keeps himself locked up And at night she hears the sound of crying down one of the long corridors br br The gardens surrounding the large property are Mary s only escape Then Mary discovers a secret garden surrounded by walls and locked with a missing key One day with the help of two unexpected companions she discovers a way in Is everything in the garden dead or can Mary bring it back to life
Sara Crewe an exceptionally intelligent and imaginative student at Miss Minchin s Select Seminary for Young Ladies is devastated when her adored indulgent father dies Now penniless and banished to a room in the attic Sara is demeaned abused and forced to work as a servant How this resourceful girl s fortunes change again is at the center of b A Little Princess b one of the best loved stories in all of children s literature br br This unique and fully annotated edition appends excerpts from b Frances Hodgson Burnett b s original novella b Sara Crewe b and the stage play that preceded the novel as well as an early story Behind the White Brick allowing readers to see how A Little Princess evolved In his delightful introduction U C Knoepflmacher considers the fairy tale allusions and literary touchstones that place the book among the major works of Victorian literature and shows it to be an exceptionally rich and resonant novel
Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a beloved children s novel that made a huge impact on the th century public shaping everything from boys clothing fashions to copyright law Cedric Errol is a generous kind and exemplary middle class American boy who is suddenly found to be the heir of the Earl of Dorincourt Saying loving goodbyes to his working class friends Cedric goes to England together with his mother to embrace his new fortune His grandfather the old earl is a bitter old man ridden with gout and a foul temper trusting no one However the angelic boy elicits a profound transformation in the grandfather which not only benefits the castle household but the whole populace of the earldom br br If only the old man s heart would soften toward Cedric s estranged mother the family would be healed at last And when another potential heir to the earldom makes a claim it seems that everything is lost br br But all things are possible through a child s innocent trust true friendship and unconditional love
Burnett began as a novelist but she is now best remembered for her children s books including i Sara Crewe i which was later rewritten to become i The Little Princess i br It begins In the first place Miss Minchin lived in London Her home was a large dull tall one in a large dull square where all the houses were alike and all the sparrows were alike and where all the door knockers made the same heavy sound and on still days and nearly all the days were still seemed to resound through the entire row in which the knock was knocked On Miss Minchin s door there was a brass plate On the brass plate there was described in black letters Miss Minchin s Select Seminary for Young Ladies
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A stirring deeply romantic adventure story about the lost heir to a kingdom by the author of i The Secret Garden i and i A Little Princess i
First published in i The Making of a Marchioness i follows thirty something Emily who lives alone humbly and happily in a tiny apartment and on a meager income She is the one that everyone counts on but no one goes out of their way to accommodate This Cinderella like story remains a much loved favorite among many br br This book is followed by a sequel i The Methods of Lady Walderhurst i Later the two novels were combined into i Emily Fox Seton i
First published in as The Making of a Marchioness followed by its sequel The Methods of Lady Walderhurst the two novels were combined into Emily Fox Seton who is the two works primary character The story follows thirty something Emily who lives alone humbly and happily in a tiny apartment and on a meager income She is the one that everyone counts on but no one goes out of their way to accommodate Her fortune changes however and the second half chronicles her adaptation to her new life and the dangers that arise from those who stand to lose most from her new circumstances
i The Shuttle i is about American heiresses marrying English aristocrats by extension it is about the effect of American energy dynamism and affluence on an effete and impoverished English ruling class Sir Nigel Anstruthers crosses the Atlantic to look for a rich wife and returns with the daughter of an American millionaire Rosalie Vanderpoel He turns out to be a bully a miser and a philanderer and virtually imprisons his wife in the house Only when Rosalie s sister Bettina is grown up does it occur to her and her father that some sort of rescue expedition should take place And the beautiful kind and dynamic Bettina leaves for Europe to try and find out why Rosalie has inexplicably chosen to lose touch with her family In the process she engages in a psychological war with Sir Nigel meets and falls in love with another Englishman and starts to use the Vanderpoel money to modernize Stornham Court br br The book s title refers to ships shuttling back and forth over the Atlantic Frances Hodgson Burnett herself traveled between the two countries thirty three times something very unusual then
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