The Secret Garden, complete online version

First edition illustrated Children's Book By Frances Hodgson Burnett

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136            THE SECRET GARDEN
"There's lilies o' th' valley here already; I saw 'em. They'll have growed too close an' we'll have to separate 'em, but there's plenty. Th' other ones takes two years to bloom from seed, but I can bring you some bits o' plants from our cottage garden. Why does tha' want 'em?"
Then Mary told him about Basil and his broth­ers and sisters in India and of how she had hated them and of their calling her " Mistress Mary Quite Contrary."
" They used to dance round and sing at me. They sang —
' Mistress Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow ? With silver bells, and cockle shells, And marigolds all in a row.'
I just remembered it and it made me wonder if there were really flowers like silver bells."
She frowned a little and gave her trowel a rather spiteful dig into the earth.
" I wasn't as contrary as they were."
But Dickon laughed.
" Eh! " he said, and as he crumbled the rich black soil she saw he was sniffing up the scent of it, " there doesn't seem to be no need for no one to be contrary when there's flowers an' such like, an' such lots o' friendly wild things runnin'