'That's strange!' thought Alice.' Why ?' she asked.
' I want to go into that garden!' she thought. She took the little key from the table. Then she went to the door and opened it. But she was too big and couldn't go through it.
This time the Cheshire Cat vanished quite slowly. First its body went, then its legs. Then all of it vanished, and there was only its smile.
She began to think about her friends. 'Perhaps I'm one of them,' she thought.' I'm not Ada because her hair is different to mine. I don't want to be my friend Mabel, because she doesn't know very much. I know more than she does.' Then she thought, ' Do I know more ? Let me see. What's four and four ? Eight. Eight and eight is sixteen. Sixteen and sixteen is . . . Oh! I can't remember!' And she started to cry again.
'There are a lot of cats without a smile, but a smile without a cat! Sow that's very strange! 'Alice said.
'Because it's a Cheshire Cat, that's why,' said the Duchess.
'Yes,' Alice answered. Then she said, 'Cheshire Cat, one minute you vanish and the next minute you're there again. I don't like it.'
They all stood round Alice again, and the Dodo gave her the box.