The Queen's Croquet
You come across a large rose-tree standing near the entrance of a garden. Suddenly, a parade began down the garden: ten soldiers carrying clubs; all oblong and flat, with their hands and feet at the corners: next the ten courtiers; these were ornamented all over with diamonds, and walked two and two, as the soldiers did. After these came the royal children; there were ten of them, and the little dears came jumping merrily along hand in hand, in couples: they were all ornamented with hearts. Next came the guests, mostly Kings and Queens, and among them you recognised the White Rabbit: it was talking in a hurried nervous manner, smiling at everything that was said, and went by without noticing you. Then followed the Knave of Hearts, carrying the King’s crown on a crimson velvet cushion; and, last of all this grand procession, came the King and Queen of Hearts.