History Literature / TheSecretGarden

23rd Apr '17 6:43:36 PM PaulA
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* ''Film/TheSecretGarden1993''

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* ''Film/TheSecretGarden1993''
''Theatre/TheSecretGarden'' (musical)
* ''Film/TheSecretGarden1993'' (film)



* CounterpointDuet: "Lily's Eyes" in the musical.



* FamilyEyeResemblance: This is the subject of the song "Lily's Eyes" in the musical.
* FinalLoveDuet: "How Could I Ever Know" from the musical, in which the ghost of TheLostLenore duets with her husband.
* FloralThemeNaming: In the musical, Mary's mother and Colin's mother are sisters and are named Rose and Lily.
* GhostSong: In the musical:
** Almost all of Lily's material, especially "Come To My Garden", and a half-ghost duet "How Could I Ever Know".
** The GreekChorus ensemble is comprised of the ghosts of people Mary knew in India, including her parents.
* GreekChorus: The Dreamers in the musical, a chorus of ghosts who haunt the house.



* IronicNurseryTune:
** "Mistress Mary, Quite Contrary" is sung by the ghosts several times in the musical.
** It's also briefly used in the anime, where a boy taunts Mary with it in the first episode.

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* IronicNurseryTune:
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IronicNurseryTune: "Mistress Mary, Quite Contrary" is sung by the ghosts several times in the musical.
** It's also
briefly used in the anime, where a boy taunts Mary with it in the first episode.



* TheLostLenore: Lillias, in the musical, is this to both her husband Archibald and his brother Neville.



* MassiveMultiplayerEnsembleNumber: An interesting twist on this trope can be found in the musical - the "Quartet" at the beginning of Act II juxtaposes Archie and Neville's feelings about Archie's current loneliness after Lily's death with a flashback to Rose voicing to Lily her [[UglyGuyHotWife objections]] over her impending marriage to Archie.



* StarCrossedLovers: In the musical, it is revealed at one point that Lilias Craven's family, especially her sister, were dead set against her marrying Archibald because he was a hunchback. Her sister threatened to disown her, but she married him anyway because she loved him so much. Then she died. Archibald is still in a mess over her death when Mary arrives ten years later.



* TheWatson: Mary in the musical takes on this role temporarily when Mrs. Medlock introduces her to her new home, conveniently telling Mary all the backstory of the home and the family for the audience to hear.
* WomanInWhite:
** In the musical, the entire ensemble of Dreamers are this.
** Averted in the anime: Mary wears black at first, but later she puts on a light blue dress.

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* TheWatson: Mary in the musical takes on this role temporarily when Mrs. Medlock introduces her to her new home, conveniently telling Mary all the backstory of the home and the family for the audience to hear.
* WomanInWhite:
** In the musical, the entire ensemble of Dreamers are this.
**
WomanInWhite: Averted in the anime: Mary wears black at first, but later she puts on a light blue dress.
23rd Apr '17 12:53:50 AM PaulA
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* FamilyEyeResemblance: Colin has his mother's eyes, which is a significant part of why his father can't stand to spend much time with him.
23rd Apr '17 12:52:39 AM PaulA
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* EvilTwin: Mary's mother appears to be this to her sister Lilias. While Lilias is described nicely by most who talk about her, her sister neglected Mary to the extent that most of her acquaintances in India didn't even know she had a daughter.
23rd Apr '17 12:51:15 AM PaulA
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* CounterpointDuet: "Lily's Eyes" in the musical.


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* FamilyEyeResemblance: This is the subject of the song "Lily's Eyes" in the musical.
* FinalLoveDuet: "How Could I Ever Know" from the musical, in which the ghost of TheLostLenore duets with her husband.
* FloralThemeNaming: In the musical, Mary's mother and Colin's mother are sisters and are named Rose and Lily.
* GhostSong: In the musical:
** Almost all of Lily's material, especially "Come To My Garden", and a half-ghost duet "How Could I Ever Know".
** The GreekChorus ensemble is comprised of the ghosts of people Mary knew in India, including her parents.
* GreekChorus: The Dreamers in the musical, a chorus of ghosts who haunt the house.


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* TheLostLenore: Lillias, in the musical, is this to both her husband Archibald and his brother Neville.


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* MassiveMultiplayerEnsembleNumber: An interesting twist on this trope can be found in the musical - the "Quartet" at the beginning of Act II juxtaposes Archie and Neville's feelings about Archie's current loneliness after Lily's death with a flashback to Rose voicing to Lily her [[UglyGuyHotWife objections]] over her impending marriage to Archie.


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* StarCrossedLovers: In the musical, it is revealed at one point that Lilias Craven's family, especially her sister, were dead set against her marrying Archibald because he was a hunchback. Her sister threatened to disown her, but she married him anyway because she loved him so much. Then she died. Archibald is still in a mess over her death when Mary arrives ten years later.


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* TheWatson: Mary in the musical takes on this role temporarily when Mrs. Medlock introduces her to her new home, conveniently telling Mary all the backstory of the home and the family for the audience to hear.
22nd Apr '17 10:15:52 PM PaulA
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->'''Colin:''' Are you making this Magic?\\
'''Mary:''' No. ''You'' are.
-->-- ''The Secret Garden'' 1993 movie, which really sums it all up.



* TheCaretaker: Mrs. Medlock, who in the 1993 and animated version takes it to a KnightTemplar extreme.

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* TheCaretaker: Mrs. Medlock, who in the 1993 and animated version takes it to a KnightTemplar extreme.Medlock.




!!Its various adaptations contain examples of the following tropes:

* AdaptationDistillation: The 1993 movie takes every event from the first half or so of the book (taking place over months) and jams them all together to take place in a matter of days or weeks, removing some character depth and growth in the process. Of course, this being a film, the time line is a bit fuzzy.

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\n!!Its various ----
!!Adaptations with their own pages include:

* ''Film/TheSecretGarden1993''

!!Other
adaptations contain examples of the following tropes:

* AdaptationDistillation: The 1993 movie takes every event from the first half or so of the book (taking place over months) and jams them all together to take place in a matter of days or weeks, removing some character depth and growth in the process. Of course, this being a film, the time line is a bit fuzzy.
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* AdaptedOut: The character of Mrs. Susan Sowerby is oddly absent from the 1993 film.
* AssholeVictim: Mary's parents, especially in the 1993 film where they again spoil themselves senseless in their wealth, never once acknowledging their daughter who is distressed at their total lack of affection. They die a short time later in the earthquake just before another evening of senseless indulgence.



* BreakTheHaughty: In the 1993 version, Mrs. Medlock, [[spoiler:after Archibald Craven gives her a verbal smackdown near the end. Not only does she break down in a sobbing heap on the steps, but she offers to resign as well]].
* TheCaretaker: Mrs. Medlock, who in the 1993 version takes it to a KnightTemplar extreme.
* TheComicallySerious: Mary at the beginning of the 1993 movie. Particularly with jolly Yorkshire maid Martha as a contrast.
-->'''Martha:''' ''[playfully pulls Mary's hat down over her eyes]'' There you are, Miss Mary!\\
'''Mary:''' ''[teeth clenched]'' I can't. See.



** In the 1993 film, this song is used by other children to taunt Mary near the beginning. It's not all that ironic at the start - while she's never gardened, she ''is'' extremely contrary and cranky.



* KissingCousins: In the 1993 film, Colin says that he and Mary should get married when they grow up, and she points out that they can't because they're cousins. Back then, cousin marriage wasn't seen as odd, but was [[{{Squick}} squicky]] ValuesDissonance by the time the film was made.
** Averted in the 1987 version, which changes Mr. Craven from Mary's uncle to an old family friend who agreed to take her in.
* LettingHerHairDown: Inverted with Kate Maberly's Mary. She wears her hair down completely when she's in her IceQueen phase. As she defrosts, she is seen with her hair in GirlishPigtails or tied up with ribbons.

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* KissingCousins: In the 1993 film, Colin says that he and Mary should get married when they grow up, and she points out that they can't because they're cousins. Back then, cousin marriage wasn't seen as odd, but was [[{{Squick}} squicky]] ValuesDissonance by the time the film was made.
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Averted in the 1987 version, which changes Mr. Craven from Mary's uncle to an old family friend who agreed to take her in. \n* LettingHerHairDown: Inverted with Kate Maberly's Mary. She wears her hair down completely when she's in her IceQueen phase. As she defrosts, she is seen with her hair in GirlishPigtails or tied up with ribbons.



** The 1993 movie plays this aspect way up for both Colin and Mary.



* {{Motifs}}:
** The 1987 film particularly likes FlowerMotifs.
** The 1993 film likes playing with these.

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* {{Motifs}}:
**
{{Motifs}}: The 1987 film particularly likes FlowerMotifs.
** The 1993 film likes playing with these.
FlowerMotifs.



* PetTheDog: In the 1993 version, a confrontation between Mary and Mrs. Medlock culminates in Medlock slapping Martha and threatening to fire her for letting Mary wander into Colin's room. This does not sit well with [[SpoiledBrat Colin]]. Not only does he visibly recoil with an expression of shock when Martha is slapped, he flat-out tells Mrs. Medlock that he will have ''her'' sent away if she dares dismiss the servant girl.



* ShipTease: Subtly so between Mary and Dickon, at least in the 1993 version. At one point they share a HeldGaze, to the point Colin gets jealous and shouts at them to avert their attention.



* {{Subtext}}: The 1993 film plays with this, particularly as it applies to the relationships between the three children in the story.
* SymbolMotifClothing: Mary is often given dresses that have floral patterns, except in the 1993 version where her dresses are all plain.
* TooDumbToLive: Mary's mother might have survived the cholera outbreak if she hadn't delayed her escape to attend a dinner party. Averted in the 1993 film, where the cause of Mary's parents' deaths was an earthquake rather than a plague.



** Mary. Colin's father finds black too much for a child, and this is the only alternative, since she is in mourning for her mother.
*** In the 1993 film, Mary's first dress once she arrives in Misselthwaite Manor is black (in fact, all the dresses in her wardrobe are black as she is officially in mourning at this point). Throughout the movie, her dresses become progressively lighter coloured (even if a couple of them are checked or otherwise patterned), until by the final scenes, Mary is dressed completely in white, symbolising the completion of her transformation.
** In the 1993 film, Mary's mother in a DreamSequence.



* WouldntHurtAChild: While Maggie Smith's Medlock certainly threatens to box Mary's ears, she never actually strikes her. She slaps Martha, but she's old enough to not be considered a child.
21st Apr '17 9:16:01 AM PaulA
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!!This book contain examples of the following tropes:

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!!This book contain contains examples of the following tropes:



* TheGardener: Mary becomes a Mundane Gardener in secret to take care of the secret garden.Also, the servents who take care of the other plants.

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* TheGardener: Mary becomes a Mundane Gardener in secret to take care of the secret garden. Also, the servents who take care of the other plants.plants.
* HaveAGayOldTime:
** Mary's mother spends all her time socializing with "gay people", meaning light-hearted and cheerful.
** The word "queer" gets an extensive workout, including in this exchange:
--->''Colin turned his head, frowning.\\
"Am I queer?" he demanded.\\
"Yes," answered Mary, "very. But you needn't be cross," she added impartially, "because so am I queer—and so is Ben Weatherstaff. But I am not as queer as I was before I began to like people and before I found the garden."\\
"I don't want to be queer," said Colin. "I am not going to be," and he frowned again with determination.''



* InnocentlyInsensitive: When Mary first meets Martha, the maid brazenly admits that she had been looking forward to the prospect of Mary being a Native Indian (a "black" as she put it) because she had never met a person of colour before. This causes Mary, who is homesick for India and considers it's Native people are a ServantRace at the time, to fly into a sobbing rage. Fortunately, because of Martha's heartfelt apology and her kind disposition, the tantrum does not last longer than a page.

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* InnocentlyInsensitive: When Mary first meets Martha, the maid brazenly admits that she had been looking forward to the prospect of Mary being a Native Indian (a "black" as she put it) because she had never met a person of colour before. This causes Mary, who is homesick for India and considers it's its Native people are a ServantRace at the time, to fly into a sobbing rage. Fortunately, because of Martha's heartfelt apology and her kind disposition, the tantrum does not last longer than a page.



* NoAntagonist

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* NoAntagonistNoAntagonist: The novel has no villains, only people with differing priorities who need to learn to get along with each other. At one point Colin accuses Dr Craven of plotting to do away with him, since he stands to inherit the Craven estate if Colin dies, but the narrator makes clear that although Dr Craven wouldn't mind inheriting he takes his profession seriously and is genuinely trying his best to help Colin.
17th Apr '17 5:45:25 PM LDSTroper1
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** It's also birefly used in the anime, where a boy taunts Mary with it in the first episode.

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** It's also birefly briefly used in the anime, where a boy taunts Mary with it in the first episode.
21st Feb '17 6:25:50 PM BlindJustice-2515
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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Playing outdoors and hearty food is what nurses Mary and Colin to health, and the only mention of Magic is easily chalked up to the children's imagination. However it is implied, especially in the final chapter when Archibald Craven is overcome by a need to return to Misselthwaite, that Lilias' spirit is working to reunite her husband and son, and bring life back to the manor.
6th Feb '17 2:58:13 PM Yet_One_More_Idiot
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*** In the 1993 film, Mary's first dress once she arrives in Misselthwaite Manor is black (in fact, all the dresses in her wardrobe are black as she is officially in mourning at this point). Throughout the movie, her dresses become progressively lighter coloured (even if a couple of them are checked or otherwise patterned), until by the final scenes, Mary is dressed completely in white, symbolising the completion of her transformation.
21st Jan '17 11:04:49 AM Aggron9988
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* TheGardener: Mary becomes a Mundane Gardener in secret to take care of the secret garden.Also, the servents who take care of the other plants.



* TheGardener: Mary becomes a Mundane Gardener in secret to take care of the secret garden.Also, the servents who take care of the other plants.
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