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The secret garden was a well written book with a interesting plot line. It was also very descriptive with the characters and the garden, one example is when Mary first goes into the garden the book says. “It was the sweetest most mysterious-looking places any one could imagine. The high walls which shut it in were covered with the leafless stems of climbing roses which were so thick they were matted together. All the ground was covered with grass of wintry brown and out of it grew clumps of bushes which were surely rose-bushes if they were alive. There were numbers of standard roses which had so spread their branches that they were like little trees. There were other trees in the garden, and one of the things which made the place look strangest and loveliest was that climbing roses had run all over them and swung down long tendrils which made light swaying curtains, and here and there they had caught each other or at a far-reaching branch and had crept from one tree to another and made lovely bridges of themselves. There were neither leaves or roses on them now and Mary did not know if they were dead or alive, but their thin gray or brown branches and sprays looked like a sort of hazy mantle spreading over everything, walls, and trees, and even brown grass, where they had fallen from their fastenings and run along the ground. It was this hazy tangle from tree to tree which made it all look so mysterious.” That was just one of the descriptive paragraphs about the garden.

Another is when Mary gets up early and goes to see the garden when she gets there Dickon is already there and waiting, he shows her flowers that are pushing up, the book described it like this. “They had come upon a whole clump of crocuses burst into purple, orange, and gold. They ran from on part of the garden to another and found so many wonders that they were obliged to remind themselves that they must whisper or speak low. He showed her swelling leaf buds on rose branches which had seemed dead. He showed her ten thousand new green points pushing through the ground.”

Just as the garden grew bigger and stronger so did the children, when you first are introduced to Mary the book tells you “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



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