Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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Alice finds herself in a giant hall at the end of the rabbit hole, surrounded by locked doors. She becomes frustrated and sad, homesick for her family and her pet, but when a tiny door appears and she manages to peer inside at a beautiful garden, she has something to aim for. The garden, full of beautiful colors and cool fountains, is an idyllic vision and Alice is desperate to get to it. It represents her desire, her will, and her belief in goodness and happiness.

The Garden Quotes in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The Alice's Adventures in Wonderland quotes below all refer to the symbol of The Garden. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Bantam Classics edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland published in 1984.
Chapter 1 Quotes

Alice opened the door and found that it led into a small passage, not much larger than a rat-hole: she knelt down and looked along the passage into the loveliest garden you ever saw. How she longed to get out of that dark hall, and wander about among those beds of bright flowers and those cool fountains, but she could not even get her head though the doorway.

Related Characters: Alice
Related Symbols: The Garden
Page Number: 5
Explanation and Analysis:

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Chapter 8 Quotes

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Related Characters: The Queen of Hearts
Related Symbols: The Garden
Page Number: 67
Explanation and Analysis:

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The Garden Symbol Timeline in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The timeline below shows where the symbol The Garden appears in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1 - Down the Rabbit-Hole
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...perfectly. Alice opens the door and kneels down and peers through it to a beautiful garden. But the doorway seems to be for a small animal, not a girl. It's too... (full context)
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...snuffing out entirely like a flame. She goes back to the door to the beautiful garden. She realizes she has forgotten the key, so she goes back to the table but,... (full context)
Chapter 4 - The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill
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...something to make her a little larger so that she can finally get into the garden. (full context)
Chapter 5 - Advice from a Caterpillar
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...bit, she transforms herself into her old size and now sets out to find the garden as she’d planned. She comes to a tiny house instead and thinks she’ll go in,... (full context)
Chapter 7 - A Mad Tea-Party
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...tiny door, and this time, she has all she needs to get into the beautiful garden. (full context)
Chapter 8 - The Queen's Croquet-Ground
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Alice enters the beautiful garden and sees a rose tree, full of white roses, and a busy group of gardeners,... (full context)