Monday, January 19, 2009

Cholera in The Secret Garden

Although this revelation is a little overdue, I just realized that in the popular movie and book The Secret Garden an outbreak of cholera is what kills Mary Lennox's parents and ultimately forces her to move to England. I found a clip on Youtube from the 1987 version of the movie which shows Mary's parents becoming infected and the people of India trying to flee the disease.

The clip cuts off before it is shown, but Mary's mother, father, and a majority of her servants die the morning after contracting the disease, illustrating cholera's high virulence; Mary goes to sleep with parents and wakes up the next morning an orphan.

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