The Secret Garden, complete online version

First edition illustrated Children's Book By Frances Hodgson Burnett

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3oo           THE SECRET GARDEN
" Aye, aye, sir," he said and he began to stand up quite straight.
" When Mary found this garden it looked quite dead," the orator proceeded. " Then something began pushing things up out of the soil and making things out of nothing. One day things weren't there and another they were. I had never watched things before and it made me feel very curious. Scientific people are always curious and I am going to be scientific. I keep saying to my­self. 'What is it? What is it?' It's some­thing. It can't be nothing! I don't know its name so I call it Magic. I have never seen the sun rise but Mary and Dickon have and from what they tell me I am sure that is Magic too. Something pushes it up and draws it. 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 were 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. The Magic in this garden has made me stand up and know I am going to live to be a man. I am going to make