Thursday, July 15, 2010

"Mistress Mary, quite contrary"

In The Secret Garden, Mary Lennox starts as a sour little girl. Other kids tease her, chanting, "Mistress Mary, quite contrary." Then she finds a hidden garden to care for, and starts to open out in time with the roses. In a nice bit of reclaiming, she plants silver bells like those in the nursery rhyme.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Scene from The Secret Garden

In The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, a British robin redbreast first draws Mary out of her shell.