44 THE SECRET GARDEN
saw Mary, and then touched his cap. He had a surly old face, and did not seem at all pleased to see her — but then she was displeased with his garden and wore her " quite contrary " expression, and certainly did not seem at all pleased to see him.
" What is this place? " she asked.
" One o' th' kitchen-gardens," he answered.
" What is that? " said Mary, pointing through the other green door.
" Another of 'em," shortly. " There's another on t'other side o' th' wall an' there's th' orchard t'other side o' that."
" Can I go in them? " asked Mary.
" If tha' likes. But there's nowt to see."
Mary made no response. She went down the path and through the second green door. There she found more walls and winter vegetables and glass frames, but in the second wall there was another green door and it was not open. Perhaps it led into the garden which no one had seen for ten years. As she was not at all a timid child and always did what she wanted to do, Mary went to the green door and turned the handle. She hoped the door would not open because she wanted to be sure she had found the mysterious garden — but it did open quite easily and she walked through it and found herself in an orchard. There were walls all round it also and trees trained against