Functional Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te

Dickon has a compassionate heart for animals, and knowing this, they come to and trust him. He spends much of his time alone with them on the moor. Dickon also shares Mary’s desire to help Colin recover the use of his legs and share in the beauty of life, so he’s willing to help her in any way he can. But he is quiet in his feelings, somewhat withdrawn, and only shares his feelings on something they have both experienced (the loss of his father echoes the loss of her parents, but he does not push her on this; he just wants her to know that he understands where other people are coming from in their individual pain). Dickon can be blunt on occasion as he talks back to Mary, and makes her see the seriousness of her dog’s injury, but for the most part goes with the flow. He is always out and about in nature, making friends with the woodland creatures, roaming the dangerous moors without fear, and once he discovers the garden, able to tend it while Mary daydreams and plays. He is quick to know how to help the dog and tend his leg, warning her that if they don’t see to it at once, the dog might lose his limb. He’s willing to “risk it” to carry Colin outside into the garden, even though his sister warns him that he might get punished for it. Dickon also senses the magic of the garden, and shares wise words with Mary about how our pain changes us—a truth she is not yet ready to hear, but does not appear to spend much time pondering the future.

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Dickon has a quiet gentle presence about him and spends most of his free time roaming and exploring the moors, getting the animals to trust him, and then tending to Mary’s garden. He did stand up for himself angrily at the start (bluntly telling Mary if she doesn’t attend to her dog’s leg, it will die, and renouncing her accusation that she found him poaching on the moors) but for the most part is good-natured and willing to help Mary with whatever she needs. He finds the beauty of nature soothing and sinks into it, allowing the garden to influence and inspire him. He ignores Colin’s tantrums, and is not at all intimidated by them, and is compliant with helping Mary do what she believes is right for him.