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“Sometimes since I’ve been in the garden I’ve looked up through the trees at the sky and I have had a strange feeling of being happy as if something was pushing and drawing in my chest and making me breathe fast. Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden - in all the places.”

Frances Hodgson Burnett - The Secret Garden

Painting by: J. E. H. MacDonald

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“The long warm rain had done strange things to the herbaceous beds which bordered the walk by the lower wall. There were things sprouting and pushing out from the roots of clumps of plants and there were actually here and there glimpses of royal purple and yellow unfurling among the stems of crocuses. Six months before Mistress Mary would not have seen how the world was waking up, but now she missed nothing.”⁣⁣

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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Mary gave a little involuntary jump.
“Oh! did she die!” she exclaimed, quite without meaning to. She had just remembered a French fairy story she had once read called “Riquet à la Houppe.” It had been about a poor hunchback and a beautiful princess and it had made her suddenly sorry for Mr. Archibald Craven.
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Ah February. It has been another very tough month for me, and i (again) haven’t gotten as much reading done as i would have liked to. I’ve also run out of books currently, and i’m too ill to get out of the house at the moment so reading has come to a halt over the past few days. Anyway, here is the books i did manage to read this February, and what i rate them:

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it's "the secret garden" anon! i read the tags on your latest post and now i'm super curious about the other versions of "a little princess" where sara had more pronounced flaws! would you mind elaborating? :)

Hi, Secret Garden anon!

I’m going to do a post about that very thing in the near future; it’s just going to take a while to put together because DETAILS!

The earliest version of the story was a short story called Sara Crewe, Or, What Happened at Miss Minchin’s (serialized 1887, published 1888). Then Burnett expanded it into a play called A Little Un-fairy Princess (later The Little Princess) in 1902, which was further expanded into the novel A Little Princess.

Stay tuned, and I will get back to you on this!

EDIT: There are also some minor textual variants in the serialized version of The Secret Garden (most notably Mary’s continuing to wear black after coming to Misselthwaite) that I’d like to talk about at some point.

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🗒️🌿 : 2/100 days of productivity


-today i’m still studying for the literature quiz (couldn’t do as much yesterday because of work) and i still haven’t touched my book but hey, baby steps–nothing to do with my emotional attachment to the book k.

-so anyways, i don’t know which classic to read first so if you’ve read both please tell me how you found them (without spoilers)

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