The Secret Garden, complete online version

First edition illustrated Children's Book By Frances Hodgson Burnett

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3i6           THE SECRET GARDEN
they're enjoyin' theirselves for sure," she said.
She was quite right, the comfortable wonder­ful mother creature — and she had never been more so than when she said their " play actin'" would be their joy. Colin and Mary found it one of their most thrilling sources of entertain­ment. The idea of protecting themselves from suspicion had been unconsciously suggested to them first by the puzzled nurse and then by Dr. Craven himself.
" Your appetite is improving very much, Mas­ter Colin," the nurse had said one day. " You used to eat nothing, and so many things disagreed with you."
" Nothing disagrees with me now," replied Colin, and then seeing the nurse looking at him curiously he suddenly remembered that perhaps he ought not to appear too well just yet. " At least things don't so often disagree with me. It's the fresh air."
" Perhaps it is," said the nurse, still looking at him with a mystified expression. " But I must talk to Dr. Craven about it."
" How she stared at you! " said Mary when she went away. " As if she thought there must be something to find out."
" I won't have her finding out things," said Colin. " No one must begin to find out yet."