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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.
21st Jan '17 11:02:33 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.
19th Dec '16 5:20:26 PM BlindJustice-2515
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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 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.
15th Nov '16 11:09:57 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* AssholeVictim: Mary's parents, who never showed their daughter any love and preferred to indulge themselves in their wealth attending dinner parties to flaunt their status and good name, leaving Mary in the care of their servants and largely ignored; Mary has virtually nothing nice to say of them when they eventually die from cholera.


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* 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.
5th Nov '16 5:59:58 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played with. Mary gets more beautiful as she [[CharacterDevelopment grows kinder]] (although this is mostly because she's now getting more exercise and generally taking better care of herself), and Lillias was described as very beautiful, but so was Mary's mother, who neglected Mary to the point where most of her associates don't even know she has a daughter.
21st Sep '16 2:01:46 AM Solle
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* CunningLinguist: Mary's upbringing by Indian servants exposed her to various dialects from birth, and she was formally taught French. Several times, she tries to imitate the broad Yorkshire accent under the impression that it is a different language (which isn't exactly a stretch).

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* CunningLinguist: Mary's upbringing by Indian servants exposed her to various dialects from birth, and she was formally taught French. Several times, she tries She decides to imitate the learn broad Yorkshire accent under as well, comparing it to the impression native dialects of India that it is a different language (which isn't exactly a stretch).learned English people choose to study.
5th Sep '16 9:34:05 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* AdaptationExpansion: The anime series runs through 39 episodes, so it has to stretch the story quite a bit. More emphasis is put on Mary's initial difficulties to adapt herself to the mansion (i.e Mary has a ''very'' tearful HeroicBSOD after meeting Archibald and mistakenly believing he doesn't care about her person), the rest of the Sowerby family is given more spotlight, Colin ''is'' actually ill rather than spoiled and hypocondriac, some {{canon foreigner}}s join teh cast, etc.

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* AdaptationExpansion: The anime series runs through 39 episodes, so it has to stretch the story quite a bit. More bit: more emphasis is put on Mary's initial difficulties to adapt herself to the mansion (i.e Mary she has a ''very'' tearful HeroicBSOD after meeting Archibald and mistakenly believing he doesn't care about her person), the rest of the Sowerby family is given more spotlight, Colin ''is'' actually ill rather than spoiled and hypocondriac, some {{canon foreigner}}s join teh cast, the cast and turn out to be ''vital'' to the lasdt parts of ther story, etc.
5th Sep '16 9:32:26 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* AdaptationExpansion: The anime series runs through 39 episodes, so it has to stretch the story quite a bit. More emphasis is put on Mary's initial difficulties to adapt herself to the mansion (i.e Mary has a ''very'' tearful HeroicBSOD after meeting Archibald and mistakenly believing he doesn't care about her person), the rest of the Sowerby family is given more spotlight, Colin ''is'' actually ill rather than spoiled and hypocondriac, some {{canon foreigner}}s join teh cast, etc.



* IllBoy: Colin Craven, especially in the anime series [[spoiler: ''where he almost dies''.]]

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* IllBoy: Colin Craven, especially in In the anime series series, Colin ''is'' actually ill and crippled. [[spoiler: ''where he And ''he almost dies''.dies'' at some point.]]


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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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