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The Forgotten Garden
by Morton, Kate
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1. On the night of her twenty-first birthday, Nell's father, Hugh, tells her a secret that shatters her sense of self. How important is a strong sense of identity to a person's life? Was Hugh right to tell her about her past? How might Nell's life have turned out differently had she not discovered the truth?

2. Eliza, Nell and Cassandra all lose their birth mothers when they are still children. How are their lives affected differently by this loss? How might their lives have evolved had they not had this experience?

3. Nell believes that she comes from a tradition of 'bad mothers'. Does this belief become a self-fulfilling prophesy? How does Nell's relationship with her granddaughter, Cassandra, allow her to revisit this perception of herself as a 'bad mother'?

4. Is The Forgotten Garden a love story? If so, in what way/s?

5. Tragedy has been described as the conflict between desire and possibility. Following this definition, is The Forgotten Garden a tragedy? If so, in what way/s?

6. In what ways do the settings in The Forgotten Garden represent or reflect the characters' experiences?

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