Mary is a sickly 10-year-old girl who has very wealthy parents. When her parents die, she is sent to a big house to live with her uncle, Albert Craven. At first, Mary does not like her new home. However, when a maid tells her a story about Mrs. Craven she becomes interested in the house.
The maid tells Mary that Mrs. Craven would spend hours in a secret garden, growing roses. When Mrs. Craven dies in an accident in the garden, Mr. Craven locks the garden and buries the key. Mary wants to find the garden.
The Secret Garden, which was written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, was originally published in parts as a serial in The American Magazine. The classic children’s story is about three children whose lives are changed while they care for a neglected garden. The story has been made into stage plays, television dramas and films.
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WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS
sickly, adjective, weak, unhealthy and often ill
wealthy, adjective, having a lot of money
maid, noun [C], a female servant, especially in a large house or hotel
secret, adjective, known about by only a few people
bury, verb, to put something under the ground
neglect, adjective, to pay little attention to something