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First edition illustrated Children's Book By Frances Hodgson Burnett

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250           THE SECRET GARDEN
The nurse gave a slight gasp and tried to con­ceal it with a cough.
" Yes, sir," she answered.
" I'll tell you what you can do," added Colin, waving his hand. " You can tell Martha to bring them here. The boy is Martha's brother. His name is Dickon and he is an animal charmer."
" I hope the animals won't bite, Master Colin," said the nurse.
" I told you he was a charmer," said Colin aus­terely. " Charmers' animals never bite."
" There are snake-charmers in India," said Mary; " and they can put their snakes' heads in their mouths."
" Goodness! " shuddered the nurse.
They ate their breakfast with the morning air pouring in upon them. Colin's breakfast was a very good one and Mary watched him with seri­ous interest.
" You will begin to get fatter just as I did," she said. " I never wanted my breakfast when I was In India and now I always want it."
" I wanted mine this morning," said Colin. " Perhaps it was the fresh air. When do you think Dickon will come? "
He was not long in coming. In about ten minutes Mary held up her hand.
" Listen! " she said. " Did you hear a caw? "