The Secret Garden, complete online version

First edition illustrated Children's Book By Frances Hodgson Burnett

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except when he's with me," and he jerked his thumb toward the robin. " He's th' only friend I've got."
" I have no friends at all," said Mary. " I never had. My Ayah didn't like me and I never played with any one."
It is a Yorkshire habit to say what you think with blunt frankness, and old Ben Weather-staff was a Yorkshire moor man.
" Tha' an' me are a good bit alike," he said. " We was wove out of th' same cloth. We're neither of us good lookin' an' we're both of us as sour as we look. We've got the same nasty tem­pers, both of us, I'll warrant."
This was plain speaking, and Mary Lennox had never heard the truth about herself in her life. Native servants always salaamed and submitted to you, whatever you did. She had never thought much about her looks, but she wondered if she was as unattractive as Ben Weatherstaff and she also wondered if she looked as sour as he had looked before the robin came. She actually began to wonder also if she was " nasty tempered." She felt uncomfortable.
Suddenly a clear rippling little sound broke out near her and she turned round. She was standing a few feet from a young apple-tree and the robin