- The Secret of Red Gate Farm
infobox Book |
name = The Secret of Red Gate Farm
language = English
series = Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
Grosset & Dunlap
release_date = 1931
media_type = Print (Hardback &
isbn = NA
"The Secret of Red Gate Farm" is a novel in the
Nancy Drewmystery series.
This volume further develops Bess and George and their friendly yet antagonistic relationship. In the original
1931version, the girls encounter an odd French-Chinese perfumesaleswoman, reluctant to sell a particular fragrance to Bess. On a return train trip to River Heights, they ponder her odd behavior and encounter the malnourished Millie Byrd, on her way to the "city" to seek employment. Millie becomes acquainted with the girls, and when Nancy accompanies her to a job interview, Nancy uncovers a mysterious code in the office. Millie's grandmother, owner of Red Gate Farm, welcomes the trio and Millie to her farm where they plan to vacation as paid boarders, and assist with waiting on other boarders. On the farm, Nancy uncovers a group called The Black Snake Colony -- a "nature cult" -- who are tenants on a portion of Mrs. Byrd's farm. Accused of passing counterfeitmoney, Nancy shares details of the odd colony and the codes obtained in the office building with Federal agents. Nancy, Bess, George, and Millie go undercover disguised in the white robes and hoods worn by the cult members, and join them in their cave hideaway.
The plot of the revised,
1961version is nearly identical, although condensed. The action is faster paced, and also involves a name change--Millie (possibly chosen by ghostwriter Mildred Bensonto depict herself) is updated to Joanne; George is bitten by a snake to provide additional excitement, one of the Red Gate Farm boarder's sons is a Federal agent with an eye for the young Nancy.
*In the revised edition, Millie Byrd is renamed as Joanne Byrd.
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