The Gorgon's Smile, Text, Ch.4 The Gorgon's Smile, Text, Ch.4 The cream colored door at the head of the narrow stairs led to the attic. The paint was heavily cracked and the keyhole was full of cobwebs. The tarnished doorknob turned freely, the door was not locked. Kes gingerly pulled the door open a crack. A chill draught of musty air came out to meet them. With it came a very pungent aroma that tickled Timothy's nose, making him sneeze. "Phew!" he yelled. "What's that awful smell?" "It's mothballs, of course," Kes replied, matter-of-factly. "I use them to control the vermin around
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