Suddenly she came upon a little three-legged table, all made
solid glass; there was nothing
it except a tiny golden key, and Alice's first thought was that it might belong
one of the doors of the hall; but, alas! either the locks were too large, or the key was too small, but
any rate it would not open any
them. However, on the second time round, she came upon a low curtain she had not noticed before, and behind it was a little door about fifteen inches high: she tried the little golden key in the lock, and
her great delight it fitted!
Alice opened the door and found that it led
a small passage, not much larger than a rat-hole: she knelt down and looked along the passage
the loveliest garden you ever saw. How she longed to get
of that dark hall, and wander about
those beds of bright flowers and those cool fountains, but she could not even get her head through the doorway; 'and even if my head would go through,' thought poor Alice, 'it would be
very little use without my shoulders.'
An excerpt from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll