Chapter 1, "There's No One Left"
* Mary Lennox is thought to be the most disagreeable child ever seen, pitifully thin with waxy-looking skin, limp hair and a miserable disposition. Her family is from England, living now in India.
* Mary's mother puts her into the care of an Ayah, an Indian nursemaid, just after she is born, and rarely sees her.
* One morning when Mary is about nine years old, she awakens to a day that feels wrong and later learns that her Ayah has died of Cholera.
* By the next day, three more servants are dead and others have fled in terror. The household is in a panic.
* Mary hides in the nursery. She is found by some men who come to search the house. Mary learns that her parents have died.
Chapter 2, "Mistress Mary Quite Contrary"
* Mary is taken first to the home of...
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