“One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts–just mere thoughts–are as powerful as electric batteries—as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison. To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body. If you let it stay there after it has got in you may never get over it as long as you live.” (The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett)
I just finished reading the last chapter of The Secret Garden, and must say that rarely has my skin sustained such a bought of goose-bumps! I couldn’t help it, I was so excited to find out what Master Collin’s father would say about his secret state of health that I could hardly concentrate on the sentence I was reading. This book is like the living green things that it so lovingly describes: it grows in your mind, at first a little, and then stronger, until you can’t help but look at it and admire its beauty.
I have a feeling that this will be one of the books I will revisit again and again. Save for Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, and The Principles of Uncertainty, I can’t say this about many other books. To read it is to experience exactly what the characters are going through: you start out bored and a little ornery, only to be intrigued by the idea of a secret garden, locked away for ten years. You hear about Dicken, the angelic animal-charmer, and a siren in your head goes off; you, like the children, won’t be satisfied until you meet him. Then, as the bluebells and the heather blossom and the positive Magic grows, you feel your worries and fears fall to the wayside. I don’t much care for spas or the like, but reading this book is to have your mind and soul massaged, stuck in hot water, and renewed.
Beverage: There is a fantastic tea made by Twinings called Lady Gray – it is much like Earl Gray but with a slight floral note added to the bergamot. If you can somehow find the old version of the tin( before they switched the lovely simple label for the ugly gaudy one) all the better.
Reminds me of… The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster because both are about the power of thought, only The Secret Garden is more of a story while the former has more punning and play on words.
*Also, the Copyright has expired on The Secret Garden, so you can download this book for free on the electronic device of your choice!*