Sabtu, 25 Desember 2010

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)


Frances Eliza Hodgson was born on 24 November 1849 in Manchester, England, the third child of five born to Eliza Boond and Edwin Hodgson, who owned a successful interior decorating store. After his death in 1852, the decline of the economy in Manchester and Eliza’s failed attempt to maintain the business, she decided to move her family to America. They settled near Knoxville, Tennessee in 1865.

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924), English author and playwright wrote The Secret Garden (1911);

    This is a story about a little girl called Mary who was born in India. Her parents died in a earthquake and she was forced to move to England and stay in her uncle’s house. One night, she woke up hearing someone cry, crept down stairs and went into a room where she saw a boy in bed. It was Collin, her cousin but she didn’t know she had one. She also met a girl called Martha and a boy called Dickon. Mary didn't know that Collin could not walk and besides that, everyone thought he was going to die. But Mary and Dickon taught him to walk and he was so pleased. One day, Mary found a secret garden that had been closed for ages. It had been closed so long because its owner, Mary’s aunt ,died and Mary’s uncle didn’t want anyone going into it. When he saw her in the graden, he was pleased and promised Mary he would never lock it up again.

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924), English author and playwright wrote The Secret Garden (1905);

     This is the story of a British girl named Sara born in India to a very rich man named Ralph Crew, who was a captain in the army in the early 19th century. He sent his daughter to England to study. Sara is treated like a princess in the boarding school. When Captain Crew passes away in India Sara is left to the mercy of the greedy headmistress, who starts treating her as a servant and forces her to help in the kitchen and sleep in the attic. Most of the nights she has nothing to eat and no one to talk to. A man moves next door and Sara talks to him; he turns out to be her father's friend and business partner. He was also searching for Sara, so, he becomes Sara's guardian. Sara has a lovely heart and a divine power of imagination that allows her to survive through hardships and humiliation. Sara is a princess at heart.

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