The Secret Garden, complete online version

First edition illustrated Children's Book By Frances Hodgson Burnett

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A nice sympathetic child could neither have thought nor said such things, but it just happened that the shock of hearing them was the best pos­sible thing for this hysterical boy whom no one had ever dared to restrain or contradict.
He had been lying on his face beating his pil­low with his hands and he actually almost jumped around, he turned so quickly at the sound of the furious little voice. His face looked dreadful, white and red and swollen, and he was gasping and choking; but savage little Mary did not care an atom.
" If you scream another scream," she said, " I'll scream too — and I can scream louder than you can and I'll frighten you, I'll frighten you! "
He actually had stopped screaming because she had startled him so. The scream which had been coming almost choked him. The tears were streaming down his face and he shook all over.
"I can't stop!" he gasped and sobbed. "I can't — I can't! "
" You can! " shouted Mary. " Half that ails you is hysterics and temper — just hysterics — hysterics — hysterics! " and she stamped each time she said it.
" I felt the lump — I felt it," choked out Colin. 11 I knew I should. I shall have a hunch on my back and then I shall die," and he began to writhe