The Secret Garden, complete online version

First edition illustrated Children's Book By Frances Hodgson Burnett

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96             THE SECRET GARDEN
was square and made of iron and which her fin­gers found a hole in?
It was the lock of the door which had been closed ten years and she put her hand in her pocket, drew out the key and found it fitted the keyhole. She put the key in and turned it. It took two hands to do it, but it did turn.
And then she took a long breath and looked be­hind her up the long walk to see if any one was coming. No one was coming. No one ever did come, it seemed, and she took another long breath, because she could not help it, and she held back the swinging curtain of ivy and pushed back the door which opened slowly — slowly.
Then she slipped through it, and shut it be­hind her, and stood with her back against it, look­ing about her and breathing quite fast with ex­citement, and wonder, and delight.
She was standing inside the secret garden.