Saturday, September 28, 2013

Common sense wins over the wisdom of the day........

Mary is a sour-faced 10-year-old girl, who is born in India to selfish wealthy British parents who had not wanted her and were too wrapped up in their own lives. She was taken care of primarily by servants, who pacified her as much as possible to keep her out of the way. Spoiled and with a temper, she is unaffectionate, angry, rude and obstinate.
Later, there is a cholera epidemic which hits India and kills her mother, father and all the servants. She is discovered alone but alive after the house is empty. She is sent to Yorkshire, England to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven at his home called Misselthwaite Manor.
At first, Mary is her usual self, sour and rude, disliking her uncle's large house, the people within it, and most of all the vast stretch of moor, which seems scrubby and grey after the winter. She is told that she must stay confined to her two rooms and that nobody will bother much with her and she must amuse herself.
Martha , her good-natured maidservant, tells Mary a story of the late Mrs. Craven, and how she would spend hours in a private garden growing roses. Later, Mrs. Craven was killed in an accident, and Mr. Craven had the garden locked and the key buried.
Mary is roused by this story and starts to soften her ill manner despite herself. Soon she begins to lose her disposition and gradually comes to enjoy the company of Martha, Ben the gardener, and also that of a friendly robin redbreast to whom she attaches human qualities. Her appetite increases and she finds herself getting stronger as she plays by herself on the moor.
Martha's mother buys Mary a skipping rope to encourage this, and she takes to it immediately. Mary's time is occupied by wondering about the secret garden and a strange crying sound that can sometimes be heard around the house which the servants ignore or deny.
Whilst exploring the gardens, Mary is alerted to some turned up soil by the inquisitive robin, and finds a key belonging to the locked garden. She chances to ask Martha for garden tools, which Martha has delivered by Dickon, her twelve-year-old brother. Mary and Dickon take a liking to each other, as Dickon has a soft way with animals and a good nature. Eager to absorb his gardening knowledge, Mary lets him into the secret of the garden, which he agrees to keep.
That night, Mary hears the crying again. She follows the noise and, to her surprise, finds a small boy her age, living in a hidden bedroom. His name is Colin and she discovers that they are cousins: he is the son of her uncle; his mother died when he was a baby, and he suffers from an unspecified problem with his spine.
Mary visits every day that week, distracting him from his troubles with stories of the moor, of Dickon and his animals and of the garden. It is decided he needs fresh air and the secret garden, which Mary finally admits she has access to. Colin is put into his wheelchair and brought outside into the garden, the first time he's been outdoors in years.
While in the garden, the children are surprised to see Ben looking over the wall on a ladder. Startled and angry to find the children there in his late mistress' (Colin's mother's) garden, he admits he believed Colin to be a cripple. Colin stands up out of his chair to prove him wrong and finds that his legs are fine, though weak from not using them for a long time.
Colin spends every day in the garden, becoming stronger. The children conspire to keep Colin's health a secret so he can surprise his father, who is travelling and mourning over his late wife. As Colin's health improves, his father's mood does as well, and he has a dream of his wife calling him into the garden that makes him immediately pack his bags and head home. He walks the outer wall in memory but hears voices inside, finds the door unlocked and is shocked to see the garden in full bloom with children in it and his son running around. The servants watch as Mr. Craven walks back to the manor, and all are stunned that Colin runs beside him.
This story constitutes a struggle between common sense and the accepted wisdom of the day, in which common sense wins. Servants and father are seen to do harm by getting caught up in false ideas that come from the doctor who espouses medical practices of the day, though another doctor does take a different view. The children, by their own observations, strengthened by the common-sense of Dickon's family, break free of the imposed regime and triumph. Mary finds that she has a great fear of the outside world and Colin helps her become more aware of the joy of life as he heals.
Another theme is what today might be called 'positive thinking', and belief in its power to bring about psychological and physical healing. Along with this goes a powerful message about the way in which life circumstances affect the formation of personality. Mary, described as 'sour faced' and 'spoilt' becomes more aware of her own personality when confronted with selfishness and tantrums in the boy Colin. Both are very affected by the simple kindness and understanding of Dickon, and his mother, who live a happy family life despite being poor, with the emphasis on fresh air, exercise and being at one with nature, as well as kind to other people.
Dickon's mother has an old-fashioned down-to-earth approach to life, and what constitutes a good upbringing for children, which comes across the better for being expressed in Yorkshire dialect. Instead of mocking Dickon's dialect, Mary comes to like it and find it soothing and direct, to the extent that both she and Colin make an effort to talk like Dickon at times, strengthening the bond between them and their ability to express emotions.
The Secret Garden is a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

15 comments:

Kumar said...

Namaskaaram GuruJi and Brother & Sisters,

Good Morning. Have a Good Day and Great WeekEnd.
Vaalga Nalamudan & Valamudan

venkatapathy l said...

Namaste Ilango Sir and blog friends

LV

amber said...

Sir ILango ji charan vandan and everyone good morning

jvr said...

Good Morning MAster,

Excellent Saturday day posting master. common sense and positive thinking are needed for every human being but they are very much needed for success in trading.

Thanks Master for sharing a wounder full article.

Squander Star said...

Classic masterpiece.... !

thank you

varun kumar said...

Good Morning Ilango sir,
jai Hind

sarvesh sharma said...

Good Morning, sir!
i am sure it moved me in many aspects.
thank you!

sarvesh sharma said...

i wish i can be as good a good gardener ( father) to my son, as you are to many of us..

Manish said...

Goodafternoon master,

This is great story.....thanks and regards Always !!!

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The index has strong supports at 5850, where the 200-day moving average is currently positioned and at 5,712 where the 50-day moving average is placed. The short-term trend will be under threat only if the index closes below 5,712. Subsequent supports are placed at 5,629 and 5,512.

If the index manages to hold above 5,712, it can move higher to 6,020 or 6,142 in the days ahead. Failure to clear 6,020 will be the cue for traders to initiate fresh short positions in the index.

The medium-term trajectory of the index will be apparent only after a couple of weeks more. But as indicated earlier, investors ought to stay cautious since the index is reversing from a key resistance level. We are, however, yet to confirm if a major peak is in place at 6,142.

shazra said...

sir,
thank you for the wonderful post

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