The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Free Audio-Book eBook

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Mary Lennox is a spoiled, middle-class, self-centered child who has been recently orphaned. She is accepted into the quiet and remote country house of an uncle, who has almost completely withdrawn into himself after the death of his wife. Mary gradually becomes drawn into the hidden side of the house: why does she hear the crying of a unseen child? Why is there an overgrown, walled garden, its door long locked? (Summary by Peter)

Free English Story eBookThe Secret Garden

Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Free Audio-Book eBook

PUBLISHED: 1911 / 199 Pages

Book Excerpt / CHAPTER I


When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. It was true, too. She had a little thin face and a little thin body, thin light hair and a sour expression. Her hair was yellow, and her face was yellow because she had been born in India and had always been ill in one way or another. Her father had held a position under the English Government and had always been busy and ill himself, and her mother had been a great beauty who cared only to go to parties and amuse herself with gay people. She had not wanted a little girl at all, and when Mary was born she handed her over to the care of an Ayah, who was made to understand that if she wished to please the Mem Sahib she must keep the child out of sight as much as possible. So when she was a sickly, fretful, ugly little baby she was kept out of the way, and when she became a sickly, fretful, toddling thing she was kept out of the way also. She never remembered seeing familiarly anything but the dark faces of her Ayah and the other native servants, and as they always obeyed her and gave her her own way in everything, because the Mem Sahib would be angry if she was disturbed by her crying, by the time she was six years old she was as tyrannical and selfish a little pig as ever lived. The young English governess who came to teach her to read and write disliked her so much that she gave up her place in three months, and when other governesses came to try to fill it they always went away in a shorter time than the first one. So if Mary had not chosen to really want to know how to read books she would never have learned her letters at all.

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  1. There is No One Left
  2. Mistress Mary Quite Contrary
  3. Across the Moor
  4. Martha
  5. The Cry in the Corridor
  6. There was Someone Crying, There Was!
  7. The Key to the Garden
  8. The Robin Who Showed the Way
  9. The Strangest House Anyone Ever Lived In
  10. Dickon
  11. The Nest of the Missel Thrush
  12. “Might I have a Bit of Earth?”
  13. “I Am Colin”
  14. A Young Rajah
  15. Nest Building
  16. “I Won’t” Said Mary
  17. A Tantrum
  18. “Tha’ Munnot Waste no Time”
  19. “It Has Come!”
  20. “I Shall Live Forever – and Ever – and Ever!”
  21. Ben Weatherstaff
  22. When the Sun Went Down
  23. Magic
  24. “Let Them Laugh”
  25. The Curtain
  26. “It’s Mother!”
  27. In The Garden

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