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+Project Gutenberg's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
+This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with
+almost no restrictions whatsoever.  You may copy it, give it away or
+re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included
+with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org
+Title: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
+Author: Lewis Carroll
+Posting Date: June 25, 2008 [EBook #11]
+Release Date: March, 1994
+[Last updated: December 20, 2011]
+Language: English
+Lewis Carroll
+CHAPTER I. Down the Rabbit-Hole
+Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the
+bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the
+book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in
+it, 'and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice 'without pictures or
+So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
+hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure
+of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
+picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
+close by her.
+There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
+VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear!
+Oh dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
+occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
+it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
+OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
+Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
+never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch
+to take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
+after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
+rabbit-hole under the hedge.
+In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
+in the world she was to get out again.
+The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then
+dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think
+about stopping herself before she found herself falling down a very deep
+Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
+plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
+going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
+she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she
+looked at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
+cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
+hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as
+she passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
+disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
+of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
+she fell past it.
+'Well!' thought Alice to herself, 'after such a fall as this, I shall
+think nothing of tumbling down stairs! How brave they'll all think me at
+home! Why, I wouldn't say anything about it, even if I fell off the top
+of the house!' (Which was very likely true.)
+Down, down, down. Would the fall NEVER come to an end! 'I wonder how
+many miles I've fallen by this time?' she said aloud. 'I must be getting
+somewhere near the centre of the earth. Let me see: that would be four
+thousand miles down, I think--' (for, you see, Alice had learnt several
+things of this sort in her lessons in the schoolroom, and though this
+was not a VERY good opportunity for showing off her knowledge, as there
+was no one to listen to her, still it was good practice to say it over)
+'--yes, that's about the right distance--but then I wonder what Latitude
+or Longitude I've got to?' (Alice had no idea what Latitude was, or
+Longitude either, but thought they were nice grand words to say.)
+Presently she began again. 'I wonder if I shall fall right THROUGH the
+earth! How funny it'll seem to come out among the people that walk with
+their heads downward! The Antipathies, I think--' (she was rather glad
+there WAS no one listening, this time, as it didn't sound at all the
+right word) '--but I shall have to ask them what the name of the country
+is, you know. Please, Ma'am, is this New Zealand or Australia?' (and
+she tried to curtsey as she spoke--fancy CURTSEYING as you're falling
+through the air! Do you think you could manage it?) 'And what an
+ignorant little girl she'll think me for asking! No, it'll never do to
+ask: perhaps I shall see it written up somewhere.'
+Down, down, down. There was nothing else to do, so Alice soon began
+talking again. 'Dinah'll miss me very much to-night, I should think!'
+(Dinah was the cat.) 'I hope they'll remember her saucer of milk at
+tea-time. Dinah my dear! I wish you were down here with me! There are no
+mice in the air, I'm afraid, but you might catch a bat, and that's very
+like a mouse, you know. But do cats eat bats, I wonder?' And here Alice
+began to get rather sleepy, and went on saying to herself, in a dreamy
+sort of way, 'Do cats eat bats? Do cats eat bats?' and sometimes, 'Do
+bats eat cats?' for, you see, as she couldn't answer either question,
+it didn't much matter which way she put it. She felt that she was dozing
+off, and had just begun to dream that she was walking hand in hand with
+Dinah, and saying to her very earnestly, 'Now, Dinah, tell me the truth:
+did you ever eat a bat?' when suddenly, thump! thump! down she came upon
+a heap of sticks and dry leaves, and the fall was over.
+Alice was not a bit hurt, and she jumped up on to her feet in a moment:
+she looked up, but it was all dark overhead; before her was another
+long passage, and the White Rabbit was still in sight, hurrying down it.
+There was not a moment to be lost: away went Alice like the wind, and
+was just in time to hear it say, as it turned a corner, 'Oh my ears
+and whiskers, how late it's getting!' She was close behind it when she
+turned the corner, but the Rabbit was no longer to be seen: she found
+herself in a long, low hall, which was lit up by a row of lamps hanging
+from the roof.
+There were doors all round the hall, but they were all locked; and when
+Alice had been all the way down one side and up the other, trying every
+door, she walked sadly down the middle, wondering how she was ever to
+get out again.
+Suddenly she came upon a little three-legged table, all made of solid
+glass; there was nothing on it except a tiny golden key, and Alice's
+first thought was that it might belong to one of the doors of the hall;
+but, alas! either the locks were too large, or the key was too small,
+but at any rate it would not open any of them. However, on the second
+time round, she came upon a low curtain she had not noticed before, and
+behind it was a little door about fifteen inches high: she tried the
+little golden key in the lock, and to her great delight it fitted!
+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 through the
+doorway; 'and even if my head would go through,' thought poor Alice, 'it
+would be of very little use without my shoulders. Oh, how I wish I could
+shut up like a telescope! I think I could, if I only know how to begin.'
+For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately,
+that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really
+There seemed to be no use in waiting by the little door, so she went
+back to the table, half hoping she might find another key on it, or at
+any rate a book of rules for shutting people up like telescopes: this
+time she found a little bottle on it, ('which certainly was not here
+before,' said Alice,) and round the neck of the bottle was a paper
+label, with the words 'DRINK ME' beautifully printed on it in large
+It was all very well to say 'Drink me,' but the wise little Alice was
+not going to do THAT in a hurry. 'No, I'll look first,' she said, 'and
+see whether it's marked "poison" or not'; for she had read several nice
+little histories about children who had got burnt, and eaten up by wild
+beasts and other unpleasant things, all because they WOULD not remember
+the simple rules their friends had taught them: such as, that a red-hot
+poker will burn you if you hold it too long; and that if you cut your
+finger VERY deeply with a knife, it usually bleeds; and she had never
+forgotten that, if you drink much from a bottle marked 'poison,' it is
+almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later.
+However, this bottle was NOT marked 'poison,' so Alice ventured to taste
+it, and finding it very nice, (it had, in fact, a sort of mixed flavour
+of cherry-tart, custard, pine-apple, roast turkey, toffee, and hot
+buttered toast,) she very soon finished it off.
+  *    *    *    *    *    *    *
+    *    *    *    *    *    *
+  *    *    *    *    *    *    *
+'What a curious feeling!' said Alice; 'I must be shutting up like a
+And so it was indeed: she was now only ten inches high, and her face
+brightened up at the thought that she was now the right size for going
+through the little door into that lovely garden. First, however, she
+waited for a few minutes to see if she was going to shrink any further:
+she felt a little nervous about this; 'for it might end, you know,' said
+Alice to herself, 'in my going out altogether, like a candle. I wonder
+what I should be like then?' And she tried to fancy what the flame of a
+candle is like after the candle is blown out, for she could not remember
+ever having seen such a thing.
+After a while, finding that nothing more happened, she decided on going
+into the garden at once; but, alas for poor Alice! when she got to the
+door, she found she had forgotten the little golden key, and when she
+went back to the table for it, she found she could not possibly reach
+it: she could see it quite plainly through the glass, and she tried her
+best to climb up one of the legs of the table, but it was too slippery;
+and when she had tired herself out with trying, the poor little thing
+sat down and cried.
+'Come, there's no use in crying like that!' said Alice to herself,
+rather sharply; 'I advise you to leave off this minute!' She generally
+gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it),
+and sometimes she scolded herself so severely as to bring tears into
+her eyes; and once she remembered trying to box her own ears for having
+cheated herself in a game of croquet she was playing against herself,
+for this curious child was very fond of pretending to be two people.
+'But it's no use now,' thought poor Alice, 'to pretend to be two people!
+Why, there's hardly enough of me left to make ONE respectable person!'
+Soon her eye fell on a little glass box that was lying under the table:
+she opened it, and found in it a very small cake, on which the words
+'EAT ME' were beautifully marked in currants. 'Well, I'll eat it,' said
+Alice, 'and if it makes me grow larger, I can reach the key; and if it
+makes me grow smaller, I can creep under the door; so either way I'll
+get into the garden, and I don't care which happens!'
+She ate a little bit, and said anxiously to herself, 'Which way? Which
+way?', holding her hand on the top of her head to feel which way it was
+growing, and she was quite surprised to find that she remained the same
+size: to be sure, this generally happens when one eats cake, but Alice
+had got so much into the way of expecting nothing but out-of-the-way
+things to happen, that it seemed quite dull and stupid for life to go on
+in the common way.
+So she set to work, and very soon finished off the cake.
+  *    *    *    *    *    *    *
+    *    *    *    *    *    *
+  *    *    *    *    *    *    *
+CHAPTER II. The Pool of Tears
+'Curiouser and curiouser!' cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that
+for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English); 'now I'm
+opening out like the largest telescope that ever was! Good-bye, feet!'
+(for when she looked down at her feet, they seemed to be almost out of
+sight, they were getting so far off). 'Oh, my poor little feet, I wonder
+who will put on your shoes and stockings for you now, dears? I'm sure
+_I_ shan't be able! I shall be a great deal too far off to trouble
+myself about you: you must manage the best way you can;--but I must be
+kind to them,' thought Alice, 'or perhaps they won't walk the way I want
+to go! Let me see: I'll give them a new pair of boots every Christmas.'
+And she went on planning to herself how she would manage it. 'They must
+go by the carrier,' she thought; 'and how funny it'll seem, sending
+presents to one's own feet! And how odd the directions will look!
+       HEARTHRUG,
+         NEAR THE FENDER,
+           (WITH ALICE'S LOVE).
+Oh dear, what nonsense I'm talking!'
+Just then her head struck against the roof of the hall: in fact she was
+now more than nine feet high, and she at once took up the little golden
+key and hurried off to the garden door.
+Poor Alice! It was as much as she could do, lying down on one side, to
+look through into the garden with one eye; but to get through was more
+hopeless than ever: she sat down and began to cry again.
+'You ought to be ashamed of yourself,' said Alice, 'a great girl like
+you,' (she might well say this), 'to go on crying in this way! Stop this
+moment, I tell you!' But she went on all the same, shedding gallons of
+tears, until there was a large pool all round her, about four inches
+deep and reaching half down the hall.
+After a time she heard a little pattering of feet in the distance, and
+she hastily dried her eyes to see what was coming. It was the White
+Rabbit returning, splendidly dressed, with a pair of white kid gloves in
+one hand and a large fan in the other: he came trotting along in a great
+hurry, muttering to himself as he came, 'Oh! the Duchess, the Duchess!
+Oh! won't she be savage if I've kept her waiting!' Alice felt so
+desperate that she was ready to ask help of any one; so, when the Rabbit
+came near her, she began, in a low, timid voice, 'If you please, sir--'
+The Rabbit started violently, dropped the white kid gloves and the fan,
+and skurried away into the darkness as hard as he could go.
+Alice took up the fan and gloves, and, as the hall was very hot, she
+kept fanning herself all the time she went on talking: 'Dear, dear! How
+queer everything is to-day! And yesterday things went on just as usual.
+I wonder if I've been changed in the night? Let me think: was I the
+same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a
+little different. But if I'm not the same, the next question is, Who
+in the world am I? Ah, THAT'S the great puzzle!' And she began thinking
+over all the children she knew that were of the same age as herself, to
+see if she could have been changed for any of them.
+'I'm sure I'm not Ada,' she said, 'for her hair goes in such long
+ringlets, and mine doesn't go in ringlets at all; and I'm sure I can't
+be Mabel, for I know all sorts of things, and she, oh! she knows such a
+very little! Besides, SHE'S she, and I'm I, and--oh dear, how puzzling
+it all is! I'll try if I know all the things I used to know. Let me
+see: four times five is twelve, and four times six is thirteen, and
+four times seven is--oh dear! I shall never get to twenty at that rate!
+However, the Multiplication Table doesn't signify: let's try Geography.
+London is the capital of Paris, and Paris is the capital of Rome, and
+Rome--no, THAT'S all wrong, I'm certain! I must have been changed for
+Mabel! I'll try and say "How doth the little--"' and she crossed her
+hands on her lap as if she were saying lessons, and began to repeat it,
+but her voice sounded hoarse and strange, and the words did not come the
+same as they used to do:--
+     'How doth the little crocodile
+      Improve his shining tail,
+     And pour the waters of the Nile
+      On every golden scale!
+     'How cheerfully he seems to grin,
+      How neatly spread his claws,
+     And welcome little fishes in
+      With gently smiling jaws!'
+'I'm sure those are not the right words,' said poor Alice, and her eyes
+filled with tears again as she went on, 'I must be Mabel after all, and
+I shall have to go and live in that poky little house, and have next to
+no toys to play with, and oh! ever so many lessons to learn! No, I've
+made up my mind about it; if I'm Mabel, I'll stay down here! It'll be no
+use their putting their heads down and saying "Come up again, dear!" I
+shall only look up and say "Who am I then? Tell me that first, and then,
+if I like being that person, I'll come up: if not, I'll stay down here
+till I'm somebody else"--but, oh dear!' cried Alice, with a sudden burst
+of tears, 'I do wish they WOULD put their heads down! I am so VERY tired
+of being all alone here!'
+As she said this she looked down at her hands, and was surprised to see
+that she had put on one of the Rabbit's little white kid gloves while
+she was talking. 'How CAN I have done that?' she thought. 'I must
+be growing small again.' She got up and went to the table to measure
+herself by it, and found that, as nearly as she could guess, she was now
+about two feet high, and was going on shrinking rapidly: she soon found
+out that the cause of this was the fan she was holding, and she dropped
+it hastily, just in time to avoid shrinking away altogether.
+'That WAS a narrow escape!' said Alice, a good deal frightened at the
+sudden change, but very glad to find herself still in existence; 'and
+now for the garden!' and she ran with all speed back to the little door:
+but, alas! the little door was shut again, and the little golden key was
+lying on the glass table as before, 'and things are worse than ever,'
+thought the poor child, 'for I never was so small as this before, never!
+And I declare it's too bad, that it is!'
+As she said these words her foot slipped, and in another moment, splash!
+she was up to her chin in salt water. Her first idea was that she
+had somehow fallen into the sea, 'and in that case I can go back by
+railway,' she said to herself. (Alice had been to the seaside once in
+her life, and had come to the general conclusion, that wherever you go
+to on the English coast you find a number of bathing machines in the
+sea, some children digging in the sand with wooden spades, then a row
+of lodging houses, and behind them a railway station.) However, she soon
+made out that she was in the pool of tears which she had wept when she
+was nine feet high.
+'I wish I hadn't cried so much!' said Alice, as she swam about, trying
+to find her way out. 'I shall be punished for it now, I suppose, by
+being drowned in my own tears! That WILL be a queer thing, to be sure!
+However, everything is queer to-day.'
+Just then she heard something splashing about in the pool a little way
+off, and she swam nearer to make out what it was: at first she thought
+it must be a walrus or hippopotamus, but then she remembered how small
+she was now, and she soon made out that it was only a mouse that had
+slipped in like herself.
+'Would it be of any use, now,' thought Alice, 'to speak to this mouse?
+Everything is so out-of-the-way down here, that I should think very
+likely it can talk: at any rate, there's no harm in trying.' So she
+began: 'O Mouse, do you know the way out of this pool? I am very tired
+of swimming about here, O Mouse!' (Alice thought this must be the right
+way of speaking to a mouse: she had never done such a thing before, but
+she remembered having seen in her brother's Latin Grammar, 'A mouse--of
+a mouse--to a mouse--a mouse--O mouse!') The Mouse looked at her rather
+inquisitively, and seemed to her to wink with one of its little eyes,
+but it said nothing.
+'Perhaps it doesn't understand English,' thought Alice; 'I daresay it's
+a French mouse, come over with William the Conqueror.' (For, with all
+her knowledge of history, Alice had no very clear notion how long ago
+anything had happened.) So she began again: 'Ou est ma chatte?' which
+was the first sentence in her French lesson-book. The Mouse gave a
+sudden leap out of the water, and seemed to quiver all over with fright.
+'Oh, I beg your pardon!' cried Alice hastily, afraid that she had hurt
+the poor animal's feelings. 'I quite forgot you didn't like cats.'
+'Not like cats!' cried the Mouse, in a shrill, passionate voice. 'Would
+YOU like cats if you were me?'
+'Well, perhaps not,' said Alice in a soothing tone: 'don't be angry
+about it. And yet I wish I could show you our cat Dinah: I think you'd
+take a fancy to cats if you could only see her. She is such a dear quiet
+thing,' Alice went on, half to herself, as she swam lazily about in the
+pool, 'and she sits purring so nicely by the fire, licking her paws and
+washing her face--and she is such a nice soft thing to nurse--and she's
+such a capital one for catching mice--oh, I beg your pardon!' cried
+Alice again, for this time the Mouse was bristling all over, and she
+felt certain it must be really offended. 'We won't talk about her any
+more if you'd rather not.'
+'We indeed!' cried the Mouse, who was trembling down to the end of his
+tail. 'As if I would talk on such a subject! Our family always HATED
+cats: nasty, low, vulgar things! Don't let me hear the name again!'
+'I won't indeed!' said Alice, in a great hurry to change the subject of
+conversation. 'Are you--are you fond--of--of dogs?' The Mouse did not
+answer, so Alice went on eagerly: 'There is such a nice little dog near
+our house I should like to show you! A little bright-eyed terrier, you
+know, with oh, such long curly brown hair! And it'll fetch things when
+you throw them, and it'll sit up and beg for its dinner, and all sorts
+of things--I can't remember half of them--and it belongs to a farmer,
+you know, and he says it's so useful, it's worth a hundred pounds! He
+says it kills all the rats and--oh dear!' cried Alice in a sorrowful
+tone, 'I'm afraid I've offended it again!' For the Mouse was swimming
+away from her as hard as it could go, and making quite a commotion in
+the pool as it went.
+So she called softly after it, 'Mouse dear! Do come back again, and we
+won't talk about cats or dogs either, if you don't like them!' When the
+Mouse heard this, it turned round and swam slowly back to her: its
+face was quite pale (with passion, Alice thought), and it said in a low
+trembling voice, 'Let us get to the shore, and then I'll tell you my
+history, and you'll understand why it is I hate cats and dogs.'
+It was high time to go, for the pool was getting quite crowded with the
+birds and animals that had fallen into it: there were a Duck and a Dodo,
+a Lory and an Eaglet, and several other curious creatures. Alice led the
+way, and the whole party swam to the shore.
+CHAPTER III. A Caucus-Race and a Long Tale
+They were indeed a queer-looking party that assembled on the bank--the
+birds with draggled feathers, the animals with their fur clinging close
+to them, and all dripping wet, cross, and uncomfortable.
+The first question of course was, how to get dry again: they had a
+consultation about this, and after a few minutes it seemed quite natural
+to Alice to find herself talking familiarly with them, as if she had
+known them all her life. Indeed, she had quite a long argument with the
+Lory, who at last turned sulky, and would only say, 'I am older than
+you, and must know better'; and this Alice would not allow without
+knowing how old it was, and, as the Lory positively refused to tell its
+age, there was no more to be said.
+At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
+called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
+dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
+in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
+sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
+'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
+is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
+the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
+to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
+accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
+Mercia and Northumbria--"'
+'Ugh!' said the Lory, with a shiver.
+'I beg your pardon!' said the Mouse, frowning, but very politely: 'Did
+you speak?'
+'Not I!' said the Lory hastily.
+'I thought you did,' said the Mouse. '--I proceed. "Edwin and Morcar,
+the earls of Mercia and Northumbria, declared for him: and even Stigand,
+the patriotic archbishop of Canterbury, found it advisable--"'
+'Found WHAT?' said the Duck.
+'Found IT,' the Mouse replied rather crossly: 'of course you know what
+"it" means.'
+'I know what "it" means well enough, when I find a thing,' said the
+Duck: 'it's generally a frog or a worm. The question is, what did the
+archbishop find?'
+The Mouse did not notice this question, but hurriedly went on, '"--found
+it advisable to go with Edgar Atheling to meet William and offer him the
+crown. William's conduct at first was moderate. But the insolence of his
+Normans--" How are you getting on now, my dear?' it continued, turning
+to Alice as it spoke.
+'As wet as ever,' said Alice in a melancholy tone: 'it doesn't seem to
+dry me at all.'
+'In that case,' said the Dodo solemnly, rising to its feet, 'I move
+that the meeting adjourn, for the immediate adoption of more energetic
+'Speak English!' said the Eaglet. 'I don't know the meaning of half
+those long words, and, what's more, I don't believe you do either!' And
+the Eaglet bent down its head to hide a smile: some of the other birds
+tittered audibly.
+'What I was going to say,' said the Dodo in an offended tone, 'was, that
+the best thing to get us dry would be a Caucus-race.'
+'What IS a Caucus-race?' said Alice; not that she wanted much to know,
+but the Dodo had paused as if it thought that SOMEBODY ought to speak,
+and no one else seemed inclined to say anything.
+'Why,' said the Dodo, 'the best way to explain it is to do it.' (And, as
+you might like to try the thing yourself, some winter day, I will tell
+you how the Dodo managed it.)
+First it marked out a race-course, in a sort of circle, ('the exact
+shape doesn't matter,' it said,) and then all the party were placed
+along the course, here and there. There was no 'One, two, three, and
+away,' but they began running when they liked, and left off when they
+liked, so that it was not easy to know when the race was over. However,
+when they had been running half an hour or so, and were quite dry again,
+the Dodo suddenly called out 'The race is over!' and they all crowded
+round it, panting, and asking, 'But who has won?'
+This question the Dodo could not answer without a great deal of thought,
+and it sat for a long time with one finger pressed upon its forehead
+(the position in which you usually see Shakespeare, in the pictures
+of him), while the rest waited in silence. At last the Dodo said,
+'EVERYBODY has won, and all must have prizes.'
+'But who is to give the prizes?' quite a chorus of voices asked.
+'Why, SHE, of course,' said the Dodo, pointing to Alice with one finger;
+and the whole party at once crowded round her, calling out in a confused
+way, 'Prizes! Prizes!'
+Alice had no idea what to do, and in despair she put her hand in her
+pocket, and pulled out a box of comfits, (luckily the salt water had
+not got into it), and handed them round as prizes. There was exactly one
+a-piece all round.
+'But she must have a prize herself, you know,' said the Mouse.
+'Of course,' the Dodo replied very gravely. 'What else have you got in
+your pocket?' he went on, turning to Alice.
+'Only a thimble,' said Alice sadly.
+'Hand it over here,' said the Dodo.
+Then they all crowded round her once more, while the Dodo solemnly
+presented the thimble, saying 'We beg your acceptance of this elegant
+thimble'; and, when it had finished this short speech, they all cheered.
+Alice thought the whole thing very absurd, but they all looked so grave
+that she did not dare to laugh; and, as she could not think of anything
+to say, she simply bowed, and took the thimble, looking as solemn as she
+The next thing was to eat the comfits: this caused some noise and
+confusion, as the large birds complained that they could not taste
+theirs, and the small ones choked and had to be patted on the back.
+However, it was over at last, and they sat down again in a ring, and
+begged the Mouse to tell them something more.
+'You promised to tell me your history, you know,' said Alice, 'and why
+it is you hate--C and D,' she added in a whisper, half afraid that it
+would be offended again.
+'Mine is a long and a sad tale!' said the Mouse, turning to Alice, and
+'It IS a long tail, certainly,' said Alice, looking down with wonder at
+the Mouse's tail; 'but why do you call it sad?' And she kept on puzzling
+about it while the Mouse was speaking, so that her idea of the tale was
+something like this:--
+         'Fury said to a
+         mouse, That he
+        met in the
+       house,
+     "Let us
+      both go to
+       law: I will
+        prosecute
+         YOU.--Come,
+           I'll take no
+           denial; We
+          must have a
+        trial: For
+      really this
+     morning I've
+    nothing
+    to do."
+     Said the
+      mouse to the
+       cur, "Such
+        a trial,
+         dear Sir,
+            With
+          no jury
+        or judge,
+       would be
+      wasting
+      our
+      breath."
+       "I'll be
+        judge, I'll
+         be jury,"
+            Said
+         cunning
+          old Fury:
+          "I'll
+          try the
+            whole
+            cause,
+              and
+           condemn
+           you
+          to
+           death."'
+'You are not attending!' said the Mouse to Alice severely. 'What are you
+thinking of?'
+'I beg your pardon,' said Alice very humbly: 'you had got to the fifth
+bend, I think?'
+'I had NOT!' cried the Mouse, sharply and very angrily.
+'A knot!' said Alice, always ready to make herself useful, and looking
+anxiously about her. 'Oh, do let me help to undo it!'
+'I shall do nothing of the sort,' said the Mouse, getting up and walking
+away. 'You insult me by talking such nonsense!'
+'I didn't mean it!' pleaded poor Alice. 'But you're so easily offended,
+you know!'
+The Mouse only growled in reply.
+'Please come back and finish your story!' Alice called after it; and the
+others all joined in chorus, 'Yes, please do!' but the Mouse only shook
+its head impatiently, and walked a little quicker.
+'What a pity it wouldn't stay!' sighed the Lory, as soon as it was quite
+out of sight; and an old Crab took the opportunity of saying to her
+daughter 'Ah, my dear! Let this be a lesson to you never to lose
+YOUR temper!' 'Hold your tongue, Ma!' said the young Crab, a little
+snappishly. 'You're enough to try the patience of an oyster!'
+'I wish I had our Dinah here, I know I do!' said Alice aloud, addressing
+nobody in particular. 'She'd soon fetch it back!'
+'And who is Dinah, if I might venture to ask the question?' said the
+Alice replied eagerly, for she was always ready to talk about her pet:
+'Dinah's our cat. And she's such a capital one for catching mice you
+can't think! And oh, I wish you could see her after the birds! Why,
+she'll eat a little bird as soon as look at it!'
+This speech caused a remarkable sensation among the party. Some of the
+birds hurried off at once: one old Magpie began wrapping itself up very
+carefully, remarking, 'I really must be getting home; the night-air
+doesn't suit my throat!' and a Canary called out in a trembling voice to
+its children, 'Come away, my dears! It's high time you were all in bed!'
+On various pretexts they all moved off, and Alice was soon left alone.
+'I wish I hadn't mentioned Dinah!' she said to herself in a melancholy
+tone. 'Nobody seems to like her, down here, and I'm sure she's the best
+cat in the world! Oh, my dear Dinah! I wonder if I shall ever see you
+any more!' And here poor Alice began to cry again, for she felt very
+lonely and low-spirited. In a little while, however, she again heard
+a little pattering of footsteps in the distance, and she looked up
+eagerly, half hoping that the Mouse had changed his mind, and was coming
+back to finish his story.
+CHAPTER IV. The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill
+It was the White Rabbit, trotting slowly back again, and looking
+anxiously about as it went, as if it had lost something; and she heard
+it muttering to itself 'The Duchess! The Duchess! Oh my dear paws! Oh
+my fur and whiskers! She'll get me executed, as sure as ferrets are
+ferrets! Where CAN I have dropped them, I wonder?' Alice guessed in a
+moment that it was looking for the fan and the pair of white kid gloves,
+and she very good-naturedly began hunting about for them, but they were
+nowhere to be seen--everything seemed to have changed since her swim in
+the pool, and the great hall, with the glass table and the little door,
+had vanished completely.
+Very soon the Rabbit noticed Alice, as she went hunting about, and
+called out to her in an angry tone, 'Why, Mary Ann, what ARE you doing
+out here? Run home this moment, and fetch me a pair of gloves and a fan!
+Quick, now!' And Alice was so much frightened that she ran off at once
+in the direction it pointed to, without trying to explain the mistake it
+had made.
+'He took me for his housemaid,' she said to herself as she ran. 'How
+surprised he'll be when he finds out who I am! But I'd better take him
+his fan and gloves--that is, if I can find them.' As she said this, she
+came upon a neat little house, on the door of which was a bright brass
+plate with the name 'W. RABBIT' engraved upon it. She went in without
+knocking, and hurried upstairs, in great fear lest she should meet the
+real Mary Ann, and be turned out of the house before she had found the
+fan and gloves.
+'How queer it seems,' Alice said to herself, 'to be going messages for
+a rabbit! I suppose Dinah'll be sending me on messages next!' And she
+began fancying the sort of thing that would happen: '"Miss Alice! Come
+here directly, and get ready for your walk!" "Coming in a minute,
+nurse! But I've got to see that the mouse doesn't get out." Only I don't
+think,' Alice went on, 'that they'd let Dinah stop in the house if it
+began ordering people about like that!'
+By this time she had found her way into a tidy little room with a table
+in the window, and on it (as she had hoped) a fan and two or three pairs
+of tiny white kid gloves: she took up the fan and a pair of the gloves,
+and was just going to leave the room, when her eye fell upon a little
+bottle that stood near the looking-glass. There was no label this time
+with the words 'DRINK ME,' but nevertheless she uncorked it and put it
+to her lips. 'I know SOMETHING interesting is sure to happen,' she said
+to herself, 'whenever I eat or drink anything; so I'll just see what
+this bottle does. I do hope it'll make me grow large again, for really
+I'm quite tired of being such a tiny little thing!'
+It did so indeed, and much sooner than she had expected: before she had
+drunk half the bottle, she found her head pressing against the ceiling,
+and had to stoop to save her neck from being broken. She hastily put
+down the bottle, saying to herself 'That's quite enough--I hope I shan't
+grow any more--As it is, I can't get out at the door--I do wish I hadn't
+drunk quite so much!'
+Alas! it was too late to wish that! She went on growing, and growing,
+and very soon had to kneel down on the floor: in another minute there
+was not even room for this, and she tried the effect of lying down with
+one elbow against the door, and the other arm curled round her head.
+Still she went on growing, and, as a last resource, she put one arm out
+of the window, and one foot up the chimney, and said to herself 'Now I
+can do no more, whatever happens. What WILL become of me?'
+Luckily for Alice, the little magic bottle had now had its full effect,
+and she grew no larger: still it was very uncomfortable, and, as there
+seemed to be no sort of chance of her ever getting out of the room
+again, no wonder she felt unhappy.
+'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
+always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
+rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
+yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
+CAN have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
+kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
+There ought to be a book written about me, that there ought! And when I
+grow up, I'll write one--but I'm grown up now,' she added in a sorrowful
+tone; 'at least there's no room to grow up any more HERE.'
+'But then,' thought Alice, 'shall I NEVER get any older than I am
+now? That'll be a comfort, one way--never to be an old woman--but
+then--always to have lessons to learn! Oh, I shouldn't like THAT!'
+'Oh, you foolish Alice!' she answered herself. 'How can you learn
+lessons in here? Why, there's hardly room for YOU, and no room at all
+for any lesson-books!'
+And so she went on, taking first one side and then the other, and making
+quite a conversation of it altogether; but after a few minutes she heard
+a voice outside, and stopped to listen.
+'Mary Ann! Mary Ann!' said the voice. 'Fetch me my gloves this moment!'
+Then came a little pattering of feet on the stairs. Alice knew it was
+the Rabbit coming to look for her, and she trembled till she shook the
+house, quite forgetting that she was now about a thousand times as large
+as the Rabbit, and had no reason to be afraid of it.
+Presently the Rabbit came up to the door, and tried to open it; but, as
+the door opened inwards, and Alice's elbow was pressed hard against it,
+that attempt proved a failure. Alice heard it say to itself 'Then I'll
+go round and get in at the window.'
+'THAT you won't' thought Alice, and, after waiting till she fancied
+she heard the Rabbit just under the window, she suddenly spread out her
+hand, and made a snatch in the air. She did not get hold of anything,
+but she heard a little shriek and a fall, and a crash of broken glass,
+from which she concluded that it was just possible it had fallen into a
+cucumber-frame, or something of the sort.
+Next came an angry voice--the Rabbit's--'Pat! Pat! Where are you?' And
+then a voice she had never heard before, 'Sure then I'm here! Digging
+for apples, yer honour!'
+'Digging for apples, indeed!' said the Rabbit angrily. 'Here! Come and
+help me out of THIS!' (Sounds of more broken glass.)
+'Now tell me, Pat, what's that in the window?'
+'Sure, it's an arm, yer honour!' (He pronounced it 'arrum.')
+'An arm, you goose! Who ever saw one that size? Why, it fills the whole
+'Sure, it does, yer honour: but it's an arm for all that.'
+'Well, it's got no business there, at any rate: go and take it away!'
+There was a long silence after this, and Alice could only hear whispers
+now and then; such as, 'Sure, I don't like it, yer honour, at all, at
+all!' 'Do as I tell you, you coward!' and at last she spread out her
+hand again, and made another snatch in the air. This time there were
+TWO little shrieks, and more sounds of broken glass. 'What a number of
+cucumber-frames there must be!' thought Alice. 'I wonder what they'll do
+next! As for pulling me out of the window, I only wish they COULD! I'm
+sure I don't want to stay in here any longer!'
+She waited for some time without hearing anything more: at last came a
+rumbling of little cartwheels, and the sound of a good many voices
+all talking together: she made out the words: 'Where's the other
+ladder?--Why, I hadn't to bring but one; Bill's got the other--Bill!
+fetch it here, lad!--Here, put 'em up at this corner--No, tie 'em
+together first--they don't reach half high enough yet--Oh! they'll
+do well enough; don't be particular--Here, Bill! catch hold of this
+rope--Will the roof bear?--Mind that loose slate--Oh, it's coming
+down! Heads below!' (a loud crash)--'Now, who did that?--It was Bill, I
+fancy--Who's to go down the chimney?--Nay, I shan't! YOU do it!--That I
+won't, then!--Bill's to go down--Here, Bill! the master says you're to
+go down the chimney!'
+'Oh! So Bill's got to come down the chimney, has he?' said Alice to
+herself. 'Shy, they seem to put everything upon Bill! I wouldn't be in
+Bill's place for a good deal: this fireplace is narrow, to be sure; but
+I THINK I can kick a little!'
+She drew her foot as far down the chimney as she could, and waited
+till she heard a little animal (she couldn't guess of what sort it was)
+scratching and scrambling about in the chimney close above her: then,
+saying to herself 'This is Bill,' she gave one sharp kick, and waited to
+see what would happen next.
+The first thing she heard was a general chorus of 'There goes Bill!'
+then the Rabbit's voice along--'Catch him, you by the hedge!' then
+silence, and then another confusion of voices--'Hold up his head--Brandy
+now--Don't choke him--How was it, old fellow? What happened to you? Tell
+us all about it!'
+Last came a little feeble, squeaking voice, ('That's Bill,' thought
+Alice,) 'Well, I hardly know--No more, thank ye; I'm better now--but I'm
+a deal too flustered to tell you--all I know is, something comes at me
+like a Jack-in-the-box, and up I goes like a sky-rocket!'
+'So you did, old fellow!' said the others.
+'We must burn the house down!' said the Rabbit's voice; and Alice called
+out as loud as she could, 'If you do. I'll set Dinah at you!'
+There was a dead silence instantly, and Alice thought to herself, 'I
+wonder what they WILL do next! If they had any sense, they'd take the
+roof off.' After a minute or two, they began moving about again, and
+Alice heard the Rabbit say, 'A barrowful will do, to begin with.'
+'A barrowful of WHAT?' thought Alice; but she had not long to doubt,
+for the next moment a shower of little pebbles came rattling in at the
+window, and some of them hit her in the face. 'I'll put a stop to this,'
+she said to herself, and shouted out, 'You'd better not do that again!'
+which produced another dead silence.
+Alice noticed with some surprise that the pebbles were all turning into
+little cakes as they lay on the floor, and a bright idea came into her
+head. 'If I eat one of these cakes,' she thought, 'it's sure to make
+SOME change in my size; and as it can't possibly make me larger, it must
+make me smaller, I suppose.'
+So she swallowed one of the cakes, and was delighted to find that she
+began shrinking directly. As soon as she was small enough to get through
+the door, she ran out of the house, and found quite a crowd of little
+animals and birds waiting outside. The poor little Lizard, Bill, was
+in the middle, being held up by two guinea-pigs, who were giving it
+something out of a bottle. They all made a rush at Alice the moment she
+appeared; but she ran off as hard as she could, and soon found herself
+safe in a thick wood.
+'The first thing I've got to do,' said Alice to herself, as she wandered
+about in the wood, 'is to grow to my right size again; and the second
+thing is to find my way into that lovely garden. I think that will be
+the best plan.'
+It sounded an excellent plan, no doubt, and very neatly and simply
+arranged; the only difficulty was, that she had not the smallest idea
+how to set about it; and while she was peering about anxiously among
+the trees, a little sharp bark just over her head made her look up in a
+great hurry.
+An enormous puppy was looking down at her with large round eyes, and
+feebly stretching out one paw, trying to touch her. 'Poor little thing!'
+said Alice, in a coaxing tone, and she tried hard to whistle to it; but
+she was terribly frightened all the time at the thought that it might be
+hungry, in which case it would be very likely to eat her up in spite of
+all her coaxing.
+Hardly knowing what she did, she picked up a little bit of stick, and
+held it out to the puppy; whereupon the puppy jumped into the air off
+all its feet at once, with a yelp of delight, and rushed at the stick,
+and made believe to worry it; then Alice dodged behind a great thistle,
+to keep herself from being run over; and the moment she appeared on the
+other side, the puppy made another rush at the stick, and tumbled head
+over heels in its hurry to get hold of it; then Alice, thinking it was
+very like having a game of play with a cart-horse, and expecting every
+moment to be trampled under its feet, ran round the thistle again; then
+the puppy began a series of short charges at the stick, running a very
+little way forwards each time and a long way back, and barking hoarsely
+all the while, till at last it sat down a good way off, panting, with
+its tongue hanging out of its mouth, and its great eyes half shut.
+This seemed to Alice a good opportunity for making her escape; so she
+set off at once, and ran till she was quite tired and out of breath, and
+till the puppy's bark sounded quite faint in the distance.
+'And yet what a dear little puppy it was!' said Alice, as she leant
+against a buttercup to rest herself, and fanned herself with one of the
+leaves: 'I should have liked teaching it tricks very much, if--if I'd
+only been the right size to do it! Oh dear! I'd nearly forgotten that
+I've got to grow up again! Let me see--how IS it to be managed? I
+suppose I ought to eat or drink something or other; but the great
+question is, what?'
+The great question certainly was, what? Alice looked all round her at
+the flowers and the blades of grass, but she did not see anything that
+looked like the right thing to eat or drink under the circumstances.
+There was a large mushroom growing near her, about the same height as
+herself; and when she had looked under it, and on both sides of it, and
+behind it, it occurred to her that she might as well look and see what
+was on the top of it.
+She stretched herself up on tiptoe, and peeped over the edge of the
+mushroom, and her eyes immediately met those of a large caterpillar,
+that was sitting on the top with its arms folded, quietly smoking a long
+hookah, and taking not the smallest notice of her or of anything else.
+CHAPTER V. Advice from a Caterpillar
+The Caterpillar and Alice looked at each other for some time in silence:
+at last the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth, and addressed
+her in a languid, sleepy voice.
+'Who are YOU?' said the Caterpillar.
+This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied,
+rather shyly, 'I--I hardly know, sir, just at present--at least I know
+who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been
+changed several times since then.'
+'What do you mean by that?' said the Caterpillar sternly. 'Explain
+'I can't explain MYSELF, I'm afraid, sir' said Alice, 'because I'm not
+myself, you see.'
+'I don't see,' said the Caterpillar.
+'I'm afraid I can't put it more clearly,' Alice replied very politely,
+'for I can't understand it myself to begin with; and being so many
+different sizes in a day is very confusing.'
+'It isn't,' said the Caterpillar.
+'Well, perhaps you haven't found it so yet,' said Alice; 'but when you
+have to turn into a chrysalis--you will some day, you know--and then
+after that into a butterfly, I should think you'll feel it a little
+queer, won't you?'
+'Not a bit,' said the Caterpillar.
+'Well, perhaps your feelings may be different,' said Alice; 'all I know
+is, it would feel very queer to ME.'
+'You!' said the Caterpillar contemptuously. 'Who are YOU?'
+Which brought them back again to the beginning of the conversation.
+Alice felt a little irritated at the Caterpillar's making such VERY
+short remarks, and she drew herself up and said, very gravely, 'I think,
+you ought to tell me who YOU are, first.'
+'Why?' said the Caterpillar.
+Here was another puzzling question; and as Alice could not think of any
+good reason, and as the Caterpillar seemed to be in a VERY unpleasant
+state of mind, she turned away.
+'Come back!' the Caterpillar called after her. 'I've something important
+to say!'
+This sounded promising, certainly: Alice turned and came back again.
+'Keep your temper,' said the Caterpillar.
+'Is that all?' said Alice, swallowing down her anger as well as she
+'No,' said the Caterpillar.
+Alice thought she might as well wait, as she had nothing else to do, and
+perhaps after all it might tell her something worth hearing. For some
+minutes it puffed away without speaking, but at last it unfolded its
+arms, took the hookah out of its mouth again, and said, 'So you think
+you're changed, do you?'
+'I'm afraid I am, sir,' said Alice; 'I can't remember things as I
+used--and I don't keep the same size for ten minutes together!'
+'Can't remember WHAT things?' said the Caterpillar.
+'Well, I've tried to say "HOW DOTH THE LITTLE BUSY BEE," but it all came
+different!' Alice replied in a very melancholy voice.
+'Repeat, "YOU ARE OLD, FATHER WILLIAM,"' said the Caterpillar.
+Alice folded her hands, and began:--
+   'You are old, Father William,' the young man said,
+    'And your hair has become very white;
+   And yet you incessantly stand on your head--
+    Do you think, at your age, it is right?'
+   'In my youth,' Father William replied to his son,
+    'I feared it might injure the brain;
+   But, now that I'm perfectly sure I have none,
+    Why, I do it again and again.'
+   'You are old,' said the youth, 'as I mentioned before,
+    And have grown most uncommonly fat;
+   Yet you turned a back-somersault in at the door--
+    Pray, what is the reason of that?'
+   'In my youth,' said the sage, as he shook his grey locks,
+    'I kept all my limbs very supple
+   By the use of this ointment--one shilling the box--
+    Allow me to sell you a couple?'
+   'You are old,' said the youth, 'and your jaws are too weak
+    For anything tougher than suet;
+   Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak--
+    Pray how did you manage to do it?'
+   'In my youth,' said his father, 'I took to the law,
+    And argued each case with my wife;
+   And the muscular strength, which it gave to my jaw,
+    Has lasted the rest of my life.'
+   'You are old,' said the youth, 'one would hardly suppose
+    That your eye was as steady as ever;
+   Yet you balanced an eel on the end of your nose--
+    What made you so awfully clever?'
+   'I have answered three questions, and that is enough,'
+    Said his father; 'don't give yourself airs!
+   Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?
+    Be off, or I'll kick you down stairs!'
+'That is not said right,' said the Caterpillar.
+'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
+have got altered.'
+'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
+there was silence for some minutes.
+The Caterpillar was the first to speak.
+'What size do you want to be?' it asked.
+'Oh, I'm not particular as to size,' Alice hastily replied; 'only one
+doesn't like changing so often, you know.'
+'I DON'T know,' said the Caterpillar.
+Alice said nothing: she had never been so much contradicted in her life
+before, and she felt that she was losing her temper.
+'Are you content now?' said the Caterpillar.
+'Well, I should like to be a LITTLE larger, sir, if you wouldn't mind,'
+said Alice: 'three inches is such a wretched height to be.'
+'It is a very good height indeed!' said the Caterpillar angrily, rearing
+itself upright as it spoke (it was exactly three inches high).
+'But I'm not used to it!' pleaded poor Alice in a piteous tone. And
+she thought of herself, 'I wish the creatures wouldn't be so easily
+'You'll get used to it in time,' said the Caterpillar; and it put the
+hookah into its mouth and began smoking again.
+This time Alice waited patiently until it chose to speak again. In
+a minute or two the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth
+and yawned once or twice, and shook itself. Then it got down off the
+mushroom, and crawled away in the grass, merely remarking as it went,
+'One side will make you grow taller, and the other side will make you
+grow shorter.'
+'One side of WHAT? The other side of WHAT?' thought Alice to herself.
+'Of the mushroom,' said the Caterpillar, just as if she had asked it
+aloud; and in another moment it was out of sight.
+Alice remained looking thoughtfully at the mushroom for a minute, trying
+to make out which were the two sides of it; and as it was perfectly
+round, she found this a very difficult question. However, at last she
+stretched her arms round it as far as they would go, and broke off a bit
+of the edge with each hand.
+'And now which is which?' she said to herself, and nibbled a little of
+the right-hand bit to try the effect: the next moment she felt a violent
+blow underneath her chin: it had struck her foot!
+She was a good deal frightened by this very sudden change, but she felt
+that there was no time to be lost, as she was shrinking rapidly; so she
+set to work at once to eat some of the other bit. Her chin was pressed
+so closely against her foot, that there was hardly room to open her
+mouth; but she did it at last, and managed to swallow a morsel of the
+lefthand bit.
+  *    *    *    *    *    *    *
+    *    *    *    *    *    *
+  *    *    *    *    *    *    *
+'Come, my head's free at last!' said Alice in a tone of delight, which
+changed into alarm in another moment, when she found that her shoulders
+were nowhere to be found: all she could see, when she looked down, was
+an immense length of neck, which seemed to rise like a stalk out of a
+sea of green leaves that lay far below her.
+'What CAN all that green stuff be?' said Alice. 'And where HAVE my
+shoulders got to? And oh, my poor hands, how is it I can't see you?'
+She was moving them about as she spoke, but no result seemed to follow,
+except a little shaking among the distant green leaves.
+As there seemed to be no chance of getting her hands up to her head, she
+tried to get her head down to them, and was delighted to find that her
+neck would bend about easily in any direction, like a serpent. She had
+just succeeded in curving it down into a graceful zigzag, and was going
+to dive in among the leaves, which she found to be nothing but the tops
+of the trees under which she had been wandering, when a sharp hiss made
+her draw back in a hurry: a large pigeon had flown into her face, and
+was beating her violently with its wings.
+'Serpent!' screamed the Pigeon.
+'I'm NOT a serpent!' said Alice indignantly. 'Let me alone!'
+'Serpent, I say again!' repeated the Pigeon, but in a more subdued tone,
+and added with a kind of sob, 'I've tried every way, and nothing seems
+to suit them!'
+'I haven't the least idea what you're talking about,' said Alice.
+'I've tried the roots of trees, and I've tried banks, and I've tried
+hedges,' the Pigeon went on, without attending to her; 'but those
+serpents! There's no pleasing them!'
+Alice was more and more puzzled, but she thought there was no use in
+saying anything more till the Pigeon had finished.
+'As if it wasn't trouble enough hatching the eggs,' said the Pigeon;
+'but I must be on the look-out for serpents night and day! Why, I
+haven't had a wink of sleep these three weeks!'
+'I'm very sorry you've been annoyed,' said Alice, who was beginning to
+see its meaning.
+'And just as I'd taken the highest tree in the wood,' continued the
+Pigeon, raising its voice to a shriek, 'and just as I was thinking I
+should be free of them at last, they must needs come wriggling down from
+the sky! Ugh, Serpent!'
+'But I'm NOT a serpent, I tell you!' said Alice. 'I'm a--I'm a--'
+'Well! WHAT are you?' said the Pigeon. 'I can see you're trying to
+invent something!'
+'I--I'm a little girl,' said Alice, rather doubtfully, as she remembered
+the number of changes she had gone through that day.
+'A likely story indeed!' said the Pigeon in a tone of the deepest
+contempt. 'I've seen a good many little girls in my time, but never ONE
+with such a neck as that! No, no! You're a serpent; and there's no use
+denying it. I suppose you'll be telling me next that you never tasted an
+'I HAVE tasted eggs, certainly,' said Alice, who was a very truthful
+child; 'but little girls eat eggs quite as much as serpents do, you
+'I don't believe it,' said the Pigeon; 'but if they do, why then they're
+a kind of serpent, that's all I can say.'
+This was such a new idea to Alice, that she was quite silent for a
+minute or two, which gave the Pigeon the opportunity of adding, 'You're
+looking for eggs, I know THAT well enough; and what does it matter to me
+whether you're a little girl or a serpent?'
+'It matters a good deal to ME,' said Alice hastily; 'but I'm not looking
+for eggs, as it happens; and if I was, I shouldn't want YOURS: I don't
+like them raw.'
+'Well, be off, then!' said the Pigeon in a sulky tone, as it settled
+down again into its nest. Alice crouched down among the trees as well as
+she could, for her neck kept getting entangled among the branches, and
+every now and then she had to stop and untwist it. After a while she
+remembered that she still held the pieces of mushroom in her hands, and
+she set to work very carefully, nibbling first at one and then at the
+other, and growing sometimes taller and sometimes shorter, until she had
+succeeded in bringing herself down to her usual height.
+It was so long since she had been anything near the right size, that it
+felt quite strange at first; but she got used to it in a few minutes,
+and began talking to herself, as usual. 'Come, there's half my plan done
+now! How puzzling all these changes are! I'm never sure what I'm going
+to be, from one minute to another! However, I've got back to my right
+size: the next thing is, to get into that beautiful garden--how IS that
+to be done, I wonder?' As she said this, she came suddenly upon an open
+place, with a little house in it about four feet high. 'Whoever lives
+there,' thought Alice, 'it'll never do to come upon them THIS size: why,
+I should frighten them out of their wits!' So she began nibbling at the
+righthand bit again, and did not venture to go near the house till she
+had brought herself down to nine inches high.
+CHAPTER VI. Pig and Pepper
+For a minute or two she stood looking at the house, and wondering what
+to do next, when suddenly a footman in livery came running out of the
+wood--(she considered him to be a footman because he was in livery:
+otherwise, judging by his face only, she would have called him a
+fish)--and rapped loudly at the door with his knuckles. It was opened
+by another footman in livery, with a round face, and large eyes like a
+frog; and both footmen, Alice noticed, had powdered hair that curled all
+over their heads. She felt very curious to know what it was all about,
+and crept a little way out of the wood to listen.
+The Fish-Footman began by producing from under his arm a great letter,
+nearly as large as himself, and this he handed over to the other,
+saying, in a solemn tone, 'For the Duchess. An invitation from the Queen
+to play croquet.' The Frog-Footman repeated, in the same solemn tone,
+only changing the order of the words a little, 'From the Queen. An
+invitation for the Duchess to play croquet.'
+Then they both bowed low, and their curls got entangled together.
+Alice laughed so much at this, that she had to run back into the
+wood for fear of their hearing her; and when she next peeped out the
+Fish-Footman was gone, and the other was sitting on the ground near the
+door, staring stupidly up into the sky.
+Alice went timidly up to the door, and knocked.
+'There's no sort of use in knocking,' said the Footman, 'and that for
+two reasons. First, because I'm on the same side of the door as you
+are; secondly, because they're making such a noise inside, no one could
+possibly hear you.' And certainly there was a most extraordinary noise
+going on within--a constant howling and sneezing, and every now and then
+a great crash, as if a dish or kettle had been broken to pieces.
+'Please, then,' said Alice, 'how am I to get in?'
+'There might be some sense in your knocking,' the Footman went on
+without attending to her, 'if we had the door between us. For instance,
+if you were INSIDE, you might knock, and I could let you out, you know.'
+He was looking up into the sky all the time he was speaking, and this
+Alice thought decidedly uncivil. 'But perhaps he can't help it,' she
+said to herself; 'his eyes are so VERY nearly at the top of his head.
+But at any rate he might answer questions.--How am I to get in?' she
+repeated, aloud.
+'I shall sit here,' the Footman remarked, 'till tomorrow--'
+At this moment the door of the house opened, and a large plate came
+skimming out, straight at the Footman's head: it just grazed his nose,
+and broke to pieces against one of the trees behind him.
+'--or next day, maybe,' the Footman continued in the same tone, exactly
+as if nothing had happened.
+'How am I to get in?' asked Alice again, in a louder tone.
+'ARE you to get in at all?' said the Footman. 'That's the first
+question, you know.'
+It was, no doubt: only Alice did not like to be told so. 'It's really
+dreadful,' she muttered to herself, 'the way all the creatures argue.
+It's enough to drive one crazy!'
+The Footman seemed to think this a good opportunity for repeating his
+remark, with variations. 'I shall sit here,' he said, 'on and off, for
+days and days.'
+'But what am I to do?' said Alice.
+'Anything you like,' said the Footman, and began whistling.
+'Oh, there's no use in talking to him,' said Alice desperately: 'he's
+perfectly idiotic!' And she opened the door and went in.
+The door led right into a large kitchen, which was full of smoke from
+one end to the other: the Duchess was sitting on a three-legged stool in
+the middle, nursing a baby; the cook was leaning over the fire, stirring
+a large cauldron which seemed to be full of soup.
+'There's certainly too much pepper in that soup!' Alice said to herself,
+as well as she could for sneezing.
+There was certainly too much of it in the air. Even the Duchess
+sneezed occasionally; and as for the baby, it was sneezing and howling
+alternately without a moment's pause. The only things in the kitchen
+that did not sneeze, were the cook, and a large cat which was sitting on
+the hearth and grinning from ear to ear.
+'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
+not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
+your cat grins like that?'
+'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
+She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
+jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
+and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
+'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
+that cats COULD grin.'
+'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
+'I don't know of any that do,' Alice said very politely, feeling quite
+pleased to have got into a conversation.
+'You don't know much,' said the Duchess; 'and that's a fact.'
+Alice did not at all like the tone of this remark, and thought it would
+be as well to introduce some other subject of conversation. While she
+was trying to fix on one, the cook took the cauldron of soup off the
+fire, and at once set to work throwing everything within her reach at
+the Duchess and the baby--the fire-irons came first; then followed a
+shower of saucepans, plates, and dishes. The Duchess took no notice of
+them even when they hit her; and the baby was howling so much already,
+that it was quite impossible to say whether the blows hurt it or not.
+'Oh, PLEASE mind what you're doing!' cried Alice, jumping up and down in
+an agony of terror. 'Oh, there goes his PRECIOUS nose'; as an unusually
+large saucepan flew close by it, and very nearly carried it off.
+'If everybody minded their own business,' the Duchess said in a hoarse
+growl, 'the world would go round a deal faster than it does.'
+'Which would NOT be an advantage,' said Alice, who felt very glad to get
+an opportunity of showing off a little of her knowledge. 'Just think of
+what work it would make with the day and night! You see the earth takes
+twenty-four hours to turn round on its axis--'
+'Talking of axes,' said the Duchess, 'chop off her head!'
+Alice glanced rather anxiously at the cook, to see if she meant to take
+the hint; but the cook was busily stirring the soup, and seemed not to
+be listening, so she went on again: 'Twenty-four hours, I THINK; or is
+it twelve? I--'
+'Oh, don't bother ME,' said the Duchess; 'I never could abide figures!'
+And with that she began nursing her child again, singing a sort of
+lullaby to it as she did so, and giving it a violent shake at the end of
+every line:
+   'Speak roughly to your little boy,
+    And beat him when he sneezes:
+   He only does it to annoy,
+    Because he knows it teases.'
+         CHORUS.
+ (In which the cook and the baby joined):--
+       'Wow! wow! wow!'
+While the Duchess sang the second verse of the song, she kept tossing
+the baby violently up and down, and the poor little thing howled so,
+that Alice could hardly hear the words:--
+   'I speak severely to my boy,
+    I beat him when he sneezes;
+   For he can thoroughly enjoy
+    The pepper when he pleases!'
+         CHORUS.
+       'Wow! wow! wow!'
+'Here! you may nurse it a bit, if you like!' the Duchess said to Alice,
+flinging the baby at her as she spoke. 'I must go and get ready to play
+croquet with the Queen,' and she hurried out of the room. The cook threw
+a frying-pan after her as she went out, but it just missed her.
+Alice caught the baby with some difficulty, as it was a queer-shaped
+little creature, and held out its arms and legs in all directions, 'just
+like a star-fish,' thought Alice. The poor little thing was snorting
+like a steam-engine when she caught it, and kept doubling itself up and
+straightening itself out again, so that altogether, for the first minute
+or two, it was as much as she could do to hold it.
+As soon as she had made out the proper way of nursing it, (which was to
+twist it up into a sort of knot, and then keep tight hold of its right
+ear and left foot, so as to prevent its undoing itself,) she carried
+it out into the open air. 'IF I don't take this child away with me,'
+thought Alice, 'they're sure to kill it in a day or two: wouldn't it be
+murder to leave it behind?' She said the last words out loud, and the
+little thing grunted in reply (it had left off sneezing by this time).
+'Don't grunt,' said Alice; 'that's not at all a proper way of expressing
+The baby grunted again, and Alice looked very anxiously into its face to
+see what was the matter with it. There could be no doubt that it had
+a VERY turn-up nose, much more like a snout than a real nose; also its
+eyes were getting extremely small for a baby: altogether Alice did not
+like the look of the thing at all. 'But perhaps it was only sobbing,'
+she thought, and looked into its eyes again, to see if there were any
+No, there were no tears. 'If you're going to turn into a pig, my dear,'
+said Alice, seriously, 'I'll have nothing more to do with you. Mind
+now!' The poor little thing sobbed again (or grunted, it was impossible
+to say which), and they went on for some while in silence.
+Alice was just beginning to think to herself, 'Now, what am I to do with
+this creature when I get it home?' when it grunted again, so violently,
+that she looked down into its face in some alarm. This time there could
+be NO mistake about it: it was neither more nor less than a pig, and she
+felt that it would be quite absurd for her to carry it further.
+So she set the little creature down, and felt quite relieved to see
+it trot away quietly into the wood. 'If it had grown up,' she said
+to herself, 'it would have made a dreadfully ugly child: but it makes
+rather a handsome pig, I think.' And she began thinking over other
+children she knew, who might do very well as pigs, and was just saying
+to herself, 'if one only knew the right way to change them--' when she
+was a little startled by seeing the Cheshire Cat sitting on a bough of a
+tree a few yards off.
+The Cat only grinned when it saw Alice. It looked good-natured, she
+thought: still it had VERY long claws and a great many teeth, so she
+felt that it ought to be treated with respect.
+'Cheshire Puss,' she began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know
+whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little wider.
+'Come, it's pleased so far,' thought Alice, and she went on. 'Would you
+tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?'
+'That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,' said the Cat.
+'I don't much care where--' said Alice.
+'Then it doesn't matter which way you go,' said the Cat.
+'--so long as I get SOMEWHERE,' Alice added as an explanation.
+'Oh, you're sure to do that,' said the Cat, 'if you only walk long
+Alice felt that this could not be denied, so she tried another question.
+'What sort of people live about here?'
+'In THAT direction,' the Cat said, waving its right paw round, 'lives
+a Hatter: and in THAT direction,' waving the other paw, 'lives a March
+Hare. Visit either you like: they're both mad.'
+'But I don't want to go among mad people,' Alice remarked.
+'Oh, you can't help that,' said the Cat: 'we're all mad here. I'm mad.
+You're mad.'
+'How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice.
+'You must be,' said the Cat, 'or you wouldn't have come here.'
+Alice didn't think that proved it at all; however, she went on 'And how
+do you know that you're mad?'
+'To begin with,' said the Cat, 'a dog's not mad. You grant that?'
+'I suppose so,' said Alice.
+'Well, then,' the Cat went on, 'you see, a dog growls when it's angry,
+and wags its tail when it's pleased. Now I growl when I'm pleased, and
+wag my tail when I'm angry. Therefore I'm mad.'
+'I call it purring, not growling,' said Alice.
+'Call it what you like,' said the Cat. 'Do you play croquet with the
+Queen to-day?'
+'I should like it very much,' said Alice, 'but I haven't been invited
+'You'll see me there,' said the Cat, and vanished.
+Alice was not much surprised at this, she was getting so used to queer
+things happening. While she was looking at the place where it had been,
+it suddenly appeared again.
+'By-the-bye, what became of the baby?' said the Cat. 'I'd nearly
+forgotten to ask.'
+'It turned into a pig,' Alice quietly said, just as if it had come back
+in a natural way.
+'I thought it would,' said the Cat, and vanished again.
+Alice waited a little, half expecting to see it again, but it did not
+appear, and after a minute or two she walked on in the direction in
+which the March Hare was said to live. 'I've seen hatters before,' she
+said to herself; 'the March Hare will be much the most interesting, and
+perhaps as this is May it won't be raving mad--at least not so mad as
+it was in March.' As she said this, she looked up, and there was the Cat
+again, sitting on a branch of a tree.
+'Did you say pig, or fig?' said the Cat.
+'I said pig,' replied Alice; 'and I wish you wouldn't keep appearing and
+vanishing so suddenly: you make one quite giddy.'
+'All right,' said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly,
+beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which
+remained some time after the rest of it had gone.
+'Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin,' thought Alice; 'but a grin
+without a cat! It's the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!'
+She had not gone much farther before she came in sight of the house
+of the March Hare: she thought it must be the right house, because the
+chimneys were shaped like ears and the roof was thatched with fur. It
+was so large a house, that she did not like to go nearer till she had
+nibbled some more of the lefthand bit of mushroom, and raised herself to
+about two feet high: even then she walked up towards it rather timidly,
+saying to herself 'Suppose it should be raving mad after all! I almost
+wish I'd gone to see the Hatter instead!'
+CHAPTER VII. A Mad Tea-Party
+There was a table set out under a tree in front of the house, and the
+March Hare and the Hatter were having tea at it: a Dormouse was sitting
+between them, fast asleep, and the other two were using it as a
+cushion, resting their elbows on it, and talking over its head. 'Very
+uncomfortable for the Dormouse,' thought Alice; 'only, as it's asleep, I
+suppose it doesn't mind.'
+The table was a large one, but the three were all crowded together at
+one corner of it: 'No room! No room!' they cried out when they saw Alice
+coming. 'There's PLENTY of room!' said Alice indignantly, and she sat
+down in a large arm-chair at one end of the table.
+'Have some wine,' the March Hare said in an encouraging tone.
+Alice looked all round the table, but there was nothing on it but tea.
+'I don't see any wine,' she remarked.
+'There isn't any,' said the March Hare.
+'Then it wasn't very civil of you to offer it,' said Alice angrily.
+'It wasn't very civil of you to sit down without being invited,' said
+the March Hare.
+'I didn't know it was YOUR table,' said Alice; 'it's laid for a great
+many more than three.'
+'Your hair wants cutting,' said the Hatter. He had been looking at Alice
+for some time with great curiosity, and this was his first speech.
+'You should learn not to make personal remarks,' Alice said with some
+severity; 'it's very rude.'
+The Hatter opened his eyes very wide on hearing this; but all he SAID
+was, 'Why is a raven like a writing-desk?'
+'Come, we shall have some fun now!' thought Alice. 'I'm glad they've
+begun asking riddles.--I believe I can guess that,' she added aloud.
+'Do you mean that you think you can find out the answer to it?' said the
+March Hare.
+'Exactly so,' said Alice.
+'Then you should say what you mean,' the March Hare went on.
+'I do,' Alice hastily replied; 'at least--at least I mean what I
+say--that's the same thing, you know.'
+'Not the same thing a bit!' said the Hatter. 'You might just as well say
+that "I see what I eat" is the same thing as "I eat what I see"!'
+'You might just as well say,' added the March Hare, 'that "I like what I
+get" is the same thing as "I get what I like"!'
+'You might just as well say,' added the Dormouse, who seemed to be
+talking in his sleep, 'that "I breathe when I sleep" is the same thing
+as "I sleep when I breathe"!'
+'It IS the same thing with you,' said the Hatter, and here the
+conversation dropped, and the party sat silent for a minute, while Alice
+thought over all she could remember about ravens and writing-desks,
+which wasn't much.
+The Hatter was the first to break the silence. 'What day of the month
+is it?' he said, turning to Alice: he had taken his watch out of his
+pocket, and was looking at it uneasily, shaking it every now and then,
+and holding it to his ear.
+Alice considered a little, and then said 'The fourth.'
+'Two days wrong!' sighed the Hatter. 'I told you butter wouldn't suit
+the works!' he added looking angrily at the March Hare.
+'It was the BEST butter,' the March Hare meekly replied.
+'Yes, but some crumbs must have got in as well,' the Hatter grumbled:
+'you shouldn't have put it in with the bread-knife.'
+The March Hare took the watch and looked at it gloomily: then he dipped
+it into his cup of tea, and looked at it again: but he could think of
+nothing better to say than his first remark, 'It was the BEST butter,
+you know.'
+Alice had been looking over his shoulder with some curiosity. 'What a
+funny watch!' she remarked. 'It tells the day of the month, and doesn't
+tell what o'clock it is!'
+'Why should it?' muttered the Hatter. 'Does YOUR watch tell you what
+year it is?'
+'Of course not,' Alice replied very readily: 'but that's because it
+stays the same year for such a long time together.'
+'Which is just the case with MINE,' said the Hatter.
+Alice felt dreadfully puzzled. The Hatter's remark seemed to have no
+sort of meaning in it, and yet it was certainly English. 'I don't quite
+understand you,' she said, as politely as she could.
+'The Dormouse is asleep again,' said the Hatter, and he poured a little
+hot tea upon its nose.
+The Dormouse shook its head impatiently, and said, without opening its
+eyes, 'Of course, of course; just what I was going to remark myself.'
+'Have you guessed the riddle yet?' the Hatter said, turning to Alice
+'No, I give it up,' Alice replied: 'what's the answer?'
+'I haven't the slightest idea,' said the Hatter.
+'Nor I,' said the March Hare.
+Alice sighed wearily. 'I think you might do something better with the
+time,' she said, 'than waste it in asking riddles that have no answers.'
+'If you knew Time as well as I do,' said the Hatter, 'you wouldn't talk
+about wasting IT. It's HIM.'
+'I don't know what you mean,' said Alice.
+'Of course you don't!' the Hatter said, tossing his head contemptuously.
+'I dare say you never even spoke to Time!'
+'Perhaps not,' Alice cautiously replied: 'but I know I have to beat time
+when I learn music.'
+'Ah! that accounts for it,' said the Hatter. 'He won't stand beating.
+Now, if you only kept on good terms with him, he'd do almost anything
+you liked with the clock. For instance, suppose it were nine o'clock in
+the morning, just time to begin lessons: you'd only have to whisper a
+hint to Time, and round goes the clock in a twinkling! Half-past one,
+time for dinner!'
+('I only wish it was,' the March Hare said to itself in a whisper.)
+'That would be grand, certainly,' said Alice thoughtfully: 'but then--I
+shouldn't be hungry for it, you know.'
+'Not at first, perhaps,' said the Hatter: 'but you could keep it to
+half-past one as long as you liked.'
+'Is that the way YOU manage?' Alice asked.
+The Hatter shook his head mournfully. 'Not I!' he replied. 'We
+quarrelled last March--just before HE went mad, you know--' (pointing
+with his tea spoon at the March Hare,) '--it was at the great concert
+given by the Queen of Hearts, and I had to sing
+     "Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
+     How I wonder what you're at!"
+You know the song, perhaps?'
+'I've heard something like it,' said Alice.
+'It goes on, you know,' the Hatter continued, 'in this way:--
+     "Up above the world you fly,
+     Like a tea-tray in the sky.
+         Twinkle, twinkle--"'
+Here the Dormouse shook itself, and began singing in its sleep 'Twinkle,
+twinkle, twinkle, twinkle--' and went on so long that they had to pinch
+it to make it stop.
+'Well, I'd hardly finished the first verse,' said the Hatter, 'when the
+Queen jumped up and bawled out, "He's murdering the time! Off with his
+'How dreadfully savage!' exclaimed Alice.
+'And ever since that,' the Hatter went on in a mournful tone, 'he won't
+do a thing I ask! It's always six o'clock now.'
+A bright idea came into Alice's head. 'Is that the reason so many
+tea-things are put out here?' she asked.
+'Yes, that's it,' said the Hatter with a sigh: 'it's always tea-time,
+and we've no time to wash the things between whiles.'
+'Then you keep moving round, I suppose?' said Alice.
+'Exactly so,' said the Hatter: 'as the things get used up.'
+'But what happens when you come to the beginning again?' Alice ventured
+to ask.
+'Suppose we change the subject,' the March Hare interrupted, yawning.
+'I'm getting tired of this. I vote the young lady tells us a story.'
+'I'm afraid I don't know one,' said Alice, rather alarmed at the
+'Then the Dormouse shall!' they both cried. 'Wake up, Dormouse!' And
+they pinched it on both sides at once.
+The Dormouse slowly opened his eyes. 'I wasn't asleep,' he said in a
+hoarse, feeble voice: 'I heard every word you fellows were saying.'
+'Tell us a story!' said the March Hare.
+'Yes, please do!' pleaded Alice.
+'And be quick about it,' added the Hatter, 'or you'll be asleep again
+before it's done.'
+'Once upon a time there were three little sisters,' the Dormouse began
+in a great hurry; 'and their names were Elsie, Lacie, and Tillie; and
+they lived at the bottom of a well--'
+'What did they live on?' said Alice, who always took a great interest in
+questions of eating and drinking.
+'They lived on treacle,' said the Dormouse, after thinking a minute or
+'They couldn't have done that, you know,' Alice gently remarked; 'they'd
+have been ill.'
+'So they were,' said the Dormouse; 'VERY ill.'
+Alice tried to fancy to herself what such an extraordinary ways of
+living would be like, but it puzzled her too much, so she went on: 'But
+why did they live at the bottom of a well?'
+'Take some more tea,' the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
+'I've had nothing yet,' Alice replied in an offended tone, 'so I can't
+take more.'
+'You mean you can't take LESS,' said the Hatter: 'it's very easy to take
+MORE than nothing.'
+'Nobody asked YOUR opinion,' said Alice.
+'Who's making personal remarks now?' the Hatter asked triumphantly.
+Alice did not quite know what to say to this: so she helped herself
+to some tea and bread-and-butter, and then turned to the Dormouse, and
+repeated her question. 'Why did they live at the bottom of a well?'
+The Dormouse again took a minute or two to think about it, and then
+said, 'It was a treacle-well.'
+'There's no such thing!' Alice was beginning very angrily, but the
+Hatter and the March Hare went 'Sh! sh!' and the Dormouse sulkily
+remarked, 'If you can't be civil, you'd better finish the story for
+'No, please go on!' Alice said very humbly; 'I won't interrupt again. I
+dare say there may be ONE.'
+'One, indeed!' said the Dormouse indignantly. However, he consented to
+go on. 'And so these three little sisters--they were learning to draw,
+you know--'
+'What did they draw?' said Alice, quite forgetting her promise.
+'Treacle,' said the Dormouse, without considering at all this time.
+'I want a clean cup,' interrupted the Hatter: 'let's all move one place
+He moved on as he spoke, and the Dormouse followed him: the March Hare
+moved into the Dormouse's place, and Alice rather unwillingly took
+the place of the March Hare. The Hatter was the only one who got any
+advantage from the change: and Alice was a good deal worse off than
+before, as the March Hare had just upset the milk-jug into his plate.
+Alice did not wish to offend the Dormouse again, so she began very
+cautiously: 'But I don't understand. Where did they draw the treacle
+'You can draw water out of a water-well,' said the Hatter; 'so I should
+think you could draw treacle out of a treacle-well--eh, stupid?'
+'But they were IN the well,' Alice said to the Dormouse, not choosing to
+notice this last remark.
+'Of course they were', said the Dormouse; '--well in.'
+This answer so confused poor Alice, that she let the Dormouse go on for
+some time without interrupting it.
+'They were learning to draw,' the Dormouse went on, yawning and rubbing
+its eyes, for it was getting very sleepy; 'and they drew all manner of
+things--everything that begins with an M--'
+'Why with an M?' said Alice.
+'Why not?' said the March Hare.
+Alice was silent.
+The Dormouse had closed its eyes by this time, and was going off into
+a doze; but, on being pinched by the Hatter, it woke up again with
+a little shriek, and went on: '--that begins with an M, such as
+mouse-traps, and the moon, and memory, and muchness--you know you say
+things are "much of a muchness"--did you ever see such a thing as a
+drawing of a muchness?'
+'Really, now you ask me,' said Alice, very much confused, 'I don't
+'Then you shouldn't talk,' said the Hatter.
+This piece of rudeness was more than Alice could bear: she got up in
+great disgust, and walked off; the Dormouse fell asleep instantly, and
+neither of the others took the least notice of her going, though she
+looked back once or twice, half hoping that they would call after her:
+the last time she saw them, they were trying to put the Dormouse into
+the teapot.
+'At any rate I'll never go THERE again!' said Alice as she picked her
+way through the wood. 'It's the stupidest tea-party I ever was at in all
+my life!'
+Just as she said this, she noticed that one of the trees had a door
+leading right into it. 'That's very curious!' she thought. 'But
+everything's curious today. I think I may as well go in at once.' And in
+she went.
+Once more she found herself in the long hall, and close to the little
+glass table. 'Now, I'll manage better this time,' she said to herself,
+and began by taking the little golden key, and unlocking the door that
+led into the garden. Then she went to work nibbling at the mushroom (she
+had kept a piece of it in her pocket) till she was about a foot high:
+then she walked down the little passage: and THEN--she found herself at
+last in the beautiful garden, among the bright flower-beds and the cool
+CHAPTER VIII. The Queen's Croquet-Ground
+A large rose-tree stood near the entrance of the garden: the roses
+growing on it were white, but there were three gardeners at it, busily
+painting them red. Alice thought this a very curious thing, and she went
+nearer to watch them, and just as she came up to them she heard one of
+them say, 'Look out now, Five! Don't go splashing paint over me like
+'I couldn't help it,' said Five, in a sulky tone; 'Seven jogged my
+On which Seven looked up and said, 'That's right, Five! Always lay the
+blame on others!'
+'YOU'D better not talk!' said Five. 'I heard the Queen say only
+yesterday you deserved to be beheaded!'
+'What for?' said the one who had spoken first.
+'That's none of YOUR business, Two!' said Seven.
+'Yes, it IS his business!' said Five, 'and I'll tell him--it was for
+bringing the cook tulip-roots instead of onions.'
+Seven flung down his brush, and had just begun 'Well, of all the unjust
+things--' when his eye chanced to fall upon Alice, as she stood watching
+them, and he checked himself suddenly: the others looked round also, and
+all of them bowed low.
+'Would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, 'why you are painting
+those roses?'
+Five and Seven said nothing, but looked at Two. Two began in a low
+voice, 'Why the fact is, you see, Miss, this here ought to have been a
+RED rose-tree, and we put a white one in by mistake; and if the Queen
+was to find it out, we should all have our heads cut off, you know.
+So you see, Miss, we're doing our best, afore she comes, to--' At this
+moment Five, who had been anxiously looking across the garden, called
+out 'The Queen! The Queen!' and the three gardeners instantly threw
+themselves flat upon their faces. There was a sound of many footsteps,
+and Alice look


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