Loved the pictures from last week and the gardens and flowers around you!
Magic, magic, magic. I got a bit sick of it at the end and the great love of science to solve everything. But for the time she was writing in, those were current issues.
Still, I absolutely love The Secret Garden for the hope it leaves me with at the end. Almost everyone has experienced some form of redemption. Mary, Colin, Mr. Craven, Ben, even the garden herself. They have found ways to move towards each other and towards who they were meant to be before sin and brokenness moved them away from themselves.
“It was the strangest thing he had ever heard, Archibald Craven thought, as it was poured forth in headlong boy fashion. Mystery and Magic and wild creatures, the weird midnight meeting – the coming of the spring – the passion of insulted pride which had dragged the young Rajah to his feed to defy old Ben Weatherstaff to his face. The odd companionship, the play acting, the great secret so carefully kept. The listener laughed until tears came into his eyes and sometimes tears came into his eyes when he was not laughing. The Athlete, the Lecturer, the Scientific Discoverer was a laughable, loveable, healthy young human thing.”
What a great description of who Colin really was, not how he was seen and treated for the first ten years of his life!
I’m glad various age groups were represented as being capable of change – kids, middle aged adults, and an older adult. Even the hope that creation too, can experience redemption and hope!
Have you had a “Dickon” in your life, someone who invested in you and cheered you on? Which changes were a bit of a stretch for you? Which were the most believable? What did you think of the ways Christianity were portrayed? How is magic viewed where you live?
And since this is our last time talking about The Secret Garden, any final comments you’d like to make about the book? I’ve really enjoyed reading this book with you.
See you in the comments!
P. S. So glad to have read and digested another book with you! Our next book in Behind the Beautiful Forever (about the modern day slums of Mumbai) and we will have it read by the end of July. We’re going to do the book club a little differently next month since it’s summer =).
July 8th — intro to the book and back ground info
July 15th — short quotation or thought
July 22nd — short quotation or thought
July 29th — we’ll have the main discussion at the end of the month.
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