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Clara wondered if her aunt had truly gone, if she was finally alone, or if the woman was hovering there somewhere at the top of the stairs. Clara clenched her toes until they ached, wishing the snake would vanish. Pushing her secret deeper within the folds of her pocket, Clara gritted her teeth, picked up her small suitcase and followed Mrs Gilbert upstairs. Sinking onto the lumpy bed, Clara took a deep breath. It seemed impossible that her father and this Mrs Gilbert were related — yet somehow, they were.
Father never spoke much of his older sister. But when he did, it was with fondness — stories of golden laughter-filled summers making tree houses and damming bubbling streams. Mrs Gilbert had greeted Clara three years ago with a warm hug and a punnet of ruby-red raspberries she had brought with her all the way from Suffolk. There had been no raspberries or a hug this time, just a stiff nod and a thin-lipped and not at all generous smile. Clara had felt her face drop like a stone falling over a cliff.
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If you are feeling happy, open them to let the world embrace your joy. Even in the middle of winter Father liked to breathe in the frosty morning air. Until the Great War. Until he got gas poisoning. She had never been away from home before. And Suffolk must be very far away, for her aunt had not visited them for a long time. I should stay here, help you look after Father.
The air will be better there. He needs to convalesce. I am going too. Then she had begun to prepare tea. The skin under her eyes was dark, like it had been smudged with dust from the coal pan. I will write to you whenever I can. Look on this as a little adventure. We will all be together again soon. Clara shut the door on her memories and slid the envelope from her pocket. She lay it on the pillow beside her. Where to hide it? She remembered the scarecrows she had passed in the garden, stuffing spilling from their split coats.
She examined her mattress. It was old, one of the seams coming loose on the underside. Clara carefully unpicked the thread, slid in the envelope, patted the mattress stuffing around it and let the blankets fall over it like a cloak. Her envelope hidden, Clara stood up and greeted her new room. Father said it was always polite to say hello to your new surroundings. It used to make her giggle whenever they had visited somewhere new.
Hello, statues. Hello, hello, hello. Clara thought about her bedroom at home, with its small wooden shelf filled with books, which was also home to her teddy bears and dolls who were like old friends she could not bear to say goodbye to. She had not brought many things from home. Her worn copy of The Jungle Book. Some writing paper, a nib pen and a bottle of ink, so she could write to her mother and father.
In her rush to pack she had forgotten to bring a teddy or a doll. A lump leaped to her throat as she thought about her stuffed friends sitting at home, waiting for her to return. Her own house had only one flight of stairs and the bedrooms were so close together that the voices of her family were never far away. As the silence of the attic surrounded her, she had a strong sense that things would be different here. Taking a deep breath, she looked up at the grainy attic beams and the ceiling which slanted so steeply she could only stand upright in the centre of the room.
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Mother was scared of spiders and swatted at their webs with a feather duster until their gauzy patterns and hard work dissolved into nothing. Clara smiled. The spiders could stay. It would be nice to have some company in the eaves of this unfamiliar house. She greeted the diamond-paned window last. Clara squeaked the glass clean with the edges of her apron, undid the catch and pushed it open. She took in a breath of early evening air, her eyes following the winding brick wall.
The windows of the hothouses were dulling in the fading light. As she watched, the door of one opened outwards. Clara leaned out of the window as far as she dared. His cap was pulled low over his face, but he looked about thirteen — maybe a year older than she was. Clara glanced around for the gardeners she had seen when she had arrived, but all was quiet aside for some crows ignoring the scarecrows and bravely pecking at the vegetable tops. The boy was jumpy; he seemed like a hare about to bolt.
He looked to his left and right. Then his eyes flicked upwards and met hers. He froze. As Mary explores the gardens, her robin draws her attention to an area of disturbed soil. Here Mary finds the key to the locked garden and eventually the door to the garden itself. She asks Martha for garden tools, which Martha sends with Dickon, her year-old brother who spends most of his time out on the moors. Mary and Dickon take a liking to each other, as Dickon has a kind way with animals and a good nature.
Eager to absorb his gardening knowledge, Mary tells him about the secret garden. One night, Mary hears the cries once more and decides to follow them through the house. She is startled when she finds a boy her age named Colin, who lives in a hidden bedroom. She soon discovers that they are cousins, Colin being the son of Mr and Mrs Craven, and that he suffers from an unspecified spinal problem which precludes him from walking and causes him to spend most of his time in bed.
Mary visits him every day that week, distracting him from his troubles with stories of the moor, Dickon and his animals, and the secret garden. Mary finally confides that she has access to the secret garden, and Colin asks to see it. Colin is put into his wheelchair and brought outside into the secret garden.
It is the first time he has been outdoors for several years. While in the garden, the children look up to see Ben Weatherstaff looking over the wall on a ladder. Startled and angry to find the children in the secret garden, he admits that he believed Colin to be a cripple. Colin stands up from his chair and finds that his legs are fine, though weak from long disuse.
Colin and Mary soon spend almost every day in the garden, sometimes with Dickon as company. The children and Ben conspire to keep Colin's recovering health a secret from the other staff, so as to surprise his father, who is travelling abroad. As Colin's health improves, his father sees a coinciding increase in spirits, culminating in a dream where his late wife calls to him from inside the garden. When he receives a letter from Mrs Sowerby, he takes the opportunity finally to return home. He walks the outer garden wall in his wife's memory, but hears voices inside, finds the door unlocked, and is shocked to see the garden in full bloom, and his son healthy, having just won a race against the other two children.
The servants watch, stunned, as Mr Craven and Colin walk back to the manor together. The secret garden at Misselthwaite Manor is the site of both the near-destruction and the subsequent regeneration of a family. Parts of it were written during Burnett's visits to Buile Hill Park ,  Maytham Hall in Kent, England, where Burnett lived for a number of years during her marriage, is often cited as the inspiration for the book's setting. However, it has been noted that besides the garden, Maytham Hall and Misselthwaite Manor are physically very different.
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Its copyright expired in the United States in , and in most other parts of the world in , placing the book in the public domain. As a result, several abridged and unabridged editions were published during the late s and early s, such as the full-color illustrated edition from David R.
Godine, Publisher in Inga Moore 's abridged edition of , illustrated by her, is arranged so that a line of the text also serves as a caption to a picture. Marketing to both adult and juvenile audiences may have had an effect on its early reception; the book was not as celebrated as Burnett's previous works during her lifetime. Tracing the book's revival from almost complete eclipse at the time of Burnett's death in , Anne H. Lundin noted that the author's obituary notices all remarked on Little Lord Fauntleroy and passed over The Secret Garden in silence.
With the rise of scholarly work in children's literature over the past quarter-century, The Secret Garden has risen steadily in prominence. It is often noted as one of the best children's books of the twentieth century. This version was mostly in black-and-white, but the sequences set in the restored garden were filmed in Technicolor. Noel Streatfeild 's novel The Painted Garden deals with making of this film. The executive producer was Francis Ford Coppola. Dorothea Brooking adapted the book into several different television serials for the BBC: an eight-part serial in , an eight-part serial in starring Colin Spaull as Dickon and a seven-part serial broadcast in , which last has been released on DVD.
The story was changed slightly, with Colin's father, instead of being Mary's uncle, being an old friend of Mary's father, allowing Colin and Mary to start a relationship as adults by the film's end. It was filmed at Highclere Castle , which later became known as the filming location for Downton Abbey. This version was released on video in by ABC Video. Based on the title, this anime is sometimes mistakenly assumed to be related to the popular dorama series Himitsu no Hanazono.
Unavailable in the English language, it has been dubbed into several other languages including Spanish, Italian, Polish and Tagalog. In , a musical version opened on Broadway, with music by Lucy Simon , and book and lyrics by Marsha Norman. A multimedia web series adaptation of the novel titled The Misselthwaite Archives was released on YouTube in The series consisted of 40 episodes, which aired from January through October, as well as fictional letters, emails, text messages, social media accounts, and other documents about the characters.
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