orphaned daughter of rich British parents who died of cholera in India; she has to go to Misselwaite Manor on the moor in England to live with her mother's brother, her Uncle Archibald Craven; Mary learns to be kinder and considerate & finds the secret garden; she becomes friends with Martha's brother, Dickon, and meets bedridden Colin, becoming his friend, too. working in the garden helps her become more healthy, too.
Mary's uncle whose wife died, leaving her husband and baby son, Colin, who is bedridden and sickly and difficult, too. He travels a lot and is rarely home; he doesn't want to see Mary at all.
Misselwaite Manor on the moor in England; it is a huge castle with hundreds of homes and many servants, but they seldom see the master of the house, Archibald Craven; it has a secret garden that Mrs. Craven loved, but it was closed off when she died. In the cavernous house, Mary hears weeping at night and finds bedridden Colin.
she is a house keeper at Misselwaite Manor and she takes care of Mary's needs, but she refuses to change her clothese for her. She has a brother, Dickon, who becomes Mary's friend and helps her become sociable with others.
she escorts Mary to Misselwaite Manor and instructs her to stay to her room and only a certain part of the house; she is instructed by Mr. craven to keep Mary from bothering him
helps Mary find the key and shows Mary where the door to the garden is located.
son of Archibald Craven who has been bedridden since birth. He is as difficult as Mary once was when she first came to the house. He becomes jealous that during spring, Mary is spending more time in the garden; eventually, Colin is taken in a wheelchair to the garden.He is worried that he will have hunch-back like his father, but he doesn't. He learns to walk and run like other boys.
younger brother of Martha Sowerby; he loves the out-of-doors; he is friends with all of the creatures of the outdoors; he is very kind-hearted
the gardener who ignores Mary at first and isn't happy Mary has gone into the garden, but allows her to do this anyway
a maid in India who is to look after children, much like a nanny; Mary's ________ did everything for her so Mary wouldn't have temper tantrums or bother Mary's mother; Mary would slap her in the face when mary was mad at her.
the name given to Mary's mother by the Indians; Mrs. Lennox was very beautiful and vain and didn't want to be bothered by Mary at all; she preferred to go to parties over spending time with Mary; she and her husband died of cholera.
one of the five chidren of the clergyman, Reverend Crawford; he made up the rhyme, "Mistress Mary, quite contrary" because Mary acted very rude toward him and his siblings
the butler of Mr. Craven; he said to "just make sure "he" (Mr. Craven) doesn't see what "he" doesn't want to see
died of cholera in India; she was beautiful, but she made no time for her daughter, Mary. She only had time for parties and dressing up.