I was reading an abridged, child’s version of “The Secret Garden” to my daughter last night. Some symbolism popped out at me that I hadn’t seen before, and I was wondering what you all thought.
The robin as a symbol of the Holy Spirit, or more precisely, the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The robin first comes to Mary to get her attention. It is when Mary follows the robin that she finds the key, and then later, with the help of a breeze shifting the vines (again, the Holy Sprit is the breeze, too), she finds the door to the secret garden.
The secret garden as the Kingdom of God. It is there that the children find consolation, and Colin finds healing. For Colin, it is his friends that lead him to the secret garden. He hears them talk about the garden (evangilization) and wants to go there, too.
Dickon is like a St. Francis of Assisi. He is connected with nature and animals.
Mary is a typical person, first selfish, then learning to reach outside herself to help others.
Were these Christian symbolisms intended? Or am I making them up? Does this make any sense?