Dog-Eared Page: The Secret Garden

Monday, April 28, 2014

classic book, garden, mary lennox, dickon,
Illustration by Inga Moore

"Come with me and I'll show you," she said.

She led him round the laurel path and to the walk where the ivy grew so thickly. Dickon followed her with a queer, almost pitying look on his face. He felt as if he were being led to look at some strange bird's nest and must move softly. When she stepped to the wall and lifted the hanging ivy he started. There was a door and Mary pushed it slowly open and they passed in together and then Mary stood and waved her hand round defiantly.

"It's this," she said. "It's a secret garden and I'm the only one in the world who wants it to be alive."

Dickon looked round and round about and round and round again.

"Eh!" he almost whispered, "it is a queer, pretty place! It's like as if a body was in a dream."

- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 


  1. I love reading these little story excerpts and seeing the illustrations that go along with them. It's so much better than an inspirational quote of the week or something ghahaha

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    1. I agree! It is still quite inspirational but very different from those random quotes (which are often out of context).

    2. I'm glad you and Ali like these Rita. I just love books so it is fun to share old favorites, especially when they might be favorites of so many readers too!

  2. I love the secret garden! That except was so lovely. Better than a quote! I love that picture x

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