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COOPER MEMORIAL This book

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ADVENTUEES IN WONDEELAND.

ALICE'S


ADVENTURES

ALICE'S

IN

WONDERLAND.

LEWIS CARROLL.

WITH FORTY-TWO ILLUSTRATIONS BY JOHN TENNIEL.

MA

C

M

I

L LA

N

AND

CO.

1806.

[The Right vf Trnnslation and Rcprnduclion

is

Reserved.]


!

All in the golden afternoon Full leisurely

For both our

By

little

While

little

we

oars,

glide

with

arms are

;

little

skill,

plied,

hands make vain pretence

Our wanderings

Ah, cruel Three

!

to guide.

In such an hour.

Beneath such dreamy weather.

To beg To

a tale of breath too

stir

weak

the tiniest feather

Yet what can one poor voice

avail

Against three tongues together

1


!

Imperious Prima flashes forth

Her

edict

"to hegin

it"

In gentler tone Secimda hopes " There will he nonsense in

it

Tertia interrupts the tale

While

Xot more than once

Anon,

to

a minute.

sudden silence won,

In fancy they pursue

The dream-child moving through

a land

Of wonders wild and new, In friendly chat with bird or beast

And

And

it

wells of fancy dry,

fnintly strove that Aveary one

To put the subject "

true.

ever, as the story drained

The

And

half believe

The

rest

next

The happy

by,

— time

"

voices cry.

" It


Thus grew the Thus

tale of

slowly, one

Its (|uamt events

And now

Beneath the

Alice

!

And Lay

it

:

one,

were hammered out-

the tale

And home we

by

Wonderland

steer,

is

done,

a merry crew,

setting'

sun.

a childish story take,

with a gentle hand

where Childhood's dreams

are

twined

In Memory's mystic band, Like pilgrim's wither'd wreath of flowers Pluck'd in a

far-off land.


CONTENTS. PAGE I.

II.

DOWN

TIIK

HAlilJIT-IIOLE

1

.

....

THE POOL OF TEARS

III.

A CAUCUS-RACE AN1> A LONG TALE

IV.

THE RABBIT SENDS

V.

VI.

VIL

VIII.

IX.

X.

XL XII.

ADVICE PIG

ERO:\I

AND

IN

A LITTLE BIT

A CATERPILLAR

PKPl'Ell

A MAD TEA- PARTY

.

.... ....

15

29 41

59 G7 95

THE C^UEEN's CROQUET-GROUND

112

THE MOCK- turtle's STORY

130

THE lobst[:r quadrille AVHO stole THE TARTS ALICE'S EVIDENCE

I

.

.

.

.

....

U7 162 176


CHAPTEE DOWN THE

Alice sitting

was

nothing to do the

pictures

or

sister :

book her

EABBIT-HOLE.

beginning

by her

I.

to

very

get

tired

of

on the bank, and of having

once or twice she had peeped into sister

was reading, but

conversations

in

it,

"

and

it

had no

what

is


DOWN THE

2

use

the

thought

book,"

a

of

Alice,

"without

pictures or conversations ?"

So

was considering

she

(as

well

her

feel

she

as

could,

very sleepy and

making

of

pleasure

whether the

stupid,)

daisy-chain

a

made

hot day

the

for

own mind,

her

in

would

be

worth the trouble of getting up and picking the

when suddenly a white

daisies,

by

eyes ran close

was

There that

of

way

the

"Oh

she

curred

to

this,

natural

;)

and

feet, for

hear

Oh

so

remarkable

very so

it

very

the Eabbit

dear!

thought

over

it

much

say to

out

itself,

be too late!"

shall

I

in

afterwards,

oc-

it

that she ought to have wondered

her

but

at

the

time

it

seemed quite

all

but when the Eabbit actually took a

watch out of it,

nothing

to

dear!

(when

at

her.

nor did Alice think

;

rabbit with pink

its

then it

waistcoat-pocket,

hurried

on,

Alice

flashed across her

and looked started

mind

to

at

her

that she had

never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or

a

watch

to

take out

of

it,

and.


RABBIT-HOLE.

with curiosity, she ran across the

]jurning after

it,

down

a

and was just laro^e

it,

never

she

was

in

time

to

see

field

pop

it

rabbit-hole under the hedo;e.

moment down went

In another

The

3

once

considering

how

Alice

world

the

in

after

to get out again.

rabbit -hole

went

on

straight

a

like

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

down what seemed

falling

to be a very

deep well. Either

the well was very

deep,

or

she

fell

very slowly, for she had plenty of time as she

went down to look about

what was going to

down

look

coming

to

to,

but

happen next.

and

make

that

they were

and book-shelves

:

filled

wonder

what she was

to see anything

then she looked at the sides of noticed

to

First, she tried

out

was too dark

it

and

her,

the

with

well,

and

cupboards

here and there she saw

and pictures hung upon pegs.

:

maps

She took down


DOWN THE

4

a jar from one of the shelves as she passed

was to

OEANGE MARMALADE,"

"

labelled

her great disappointment

not like

did

drop the jar for fear of

to

somebody underneath,

managed

so

one of the cupboards as she

"Well!" such

a

me

at

thing about

house

!

as

stairs

home it,

How

!

Why,

!

even

I

if

I've

to

an end

fallen

by

but she

:

killing-

into

it

it.

herself,

"after

nothing of

think

brave

they'll

all

wouldn't say anyoff the

top of the

likely true.)

Would

Down, dowUj down. come

I

fell

(Which was very

"

to

shall

I

put

to

past

fell

Alice

this,

down

tumbling think

thought

fall

was empty

it

it

;

the

fall

never

"I wonder how many miles

!

this

time'?"

she

said

aloud.

"I

must be getting somewhere near the centre of the

earth.

Let

me

thousand miles down, Alice

see I

:

would be four

that

— think

"

(for,

had learnt several things of

her lessons

in

the

schoolroom, and

was not a venj good opportunity

for

this

you sort

see,

in

thou oh this

showing

off

hor knowlerlgp. as there was no one to listen to


RABBIT-HOLE. her, "

was good

it

still

5

practice

say

to

—but then

about the right distance

yes, that's

I

wonder what Latitude or Longitude

to

?

had

(Alice

"

Latitude

was,

not

the

got

I've

what

idea

slightest

Longitude

or

over)

it

but

either,

she

thought they were nice grand words to say.) Presently I

shall fall right

seem

it'll

pathies,

no

ivas

sound

through the earth

— think

one at

wonder

How

!

heads downwards

their

I

" I

again.

if

funny

come out among the people that

to

walk with

began

she

was rather glad there

(she

"

the

time,

this

listening,

all

The Anti-

!

right

word)

'^

as

didn't

it

—but

shall

I

have to ask them what the name of the country is,

you

know.

Please,

Zealand or Australia as she spoke

through

the

manage shell to

it ?)

think

ask

:

—fancy me

perhaps

somewhere."

curtseying as

you

And what an for I

New

this

is

(and she tried to curtsey

Do

air!

"

V

Ma'am,

asking shall

!

you're falling

think

you

could

ignorant

little

No,

never do

see

it'll it

written

girl

up


!

DOWN THE

6

There was nothing

Down, down, down. do, so Alice soon

me

miss

to-night, " I

cat.)

no

mice

might catch a

of way,

"Do

to

she

as

didn't

to

dear

There

!

you

but

afraid,

that's very like a mouse,

cats

eat

herself,

cats eat bats?

and sometimes, "Do

bats

bats,

wonder?"

I

a

Do

cats eat bats?"

cats?"

either

much matter which way was dozing

off,

dreamy

in

eat

answer

couldn't

that she

felt

"

here Alice began to get rather sleepy, and

went on saying

see,

my

Dinah,

Tm

air,

and

bat,

But do

you know.

And

the

in

Dinah 11

hope they'll remember

you were down here with me

Avish

else to

should think

T

her saucer of milk at tea-time.

are

"

began talking again.

much

very

(Dinah was the

I

!

sort

you

for,

question,

she put

it

She

it.

and had just begun

dream that she was walking hand in hand

with

earnestly,

"

you ever

eat

thump

and

Dinah,

!

and dry

was

Now, Dinah, a

down leaves,

bat?"

she

saying

to

me

the

tell

when

truth

suddenly,

fall

was

over.

:

did

thump!

came upon a heap of

and the

very

her

sticks


RABBIT-HOLE. Alice

was not a

on to her but

it

all

and she jumped up

bit hurt,

moment

:

dark overhead

;

a

in

feet

was

7

looked

she

up,

her was

before

another long passage, and the White Eabbit was

a

down

in sight, hurrying

still

moment

to be lost

There was not

it.

away went

:

Alice like the

wind, and was just in time to hear it

"

turned a corner,

how

Oh my

close

behind

it

she turned the corner, but the Eabbit was

when

no longer to be seen

low

long,

:

There were doors were

all

locked

;

all

found herself in a

she

which was

hall,

lamps hanging from the

lit

up by a row of

roof.

round the

hall,

but they

and when Alice had been

way down one

the

say, as

and whiskers,

ears

She was

late it's getting!"

it

side

and up the

every door, she walked sadly

down

all

other, trying

the

middle,

wondering how she was ever to get out again.

Suddenly she came upon a table, all

on idea

it

made

of solid glass

;

little

there

three-legged

was nothing

but a tiny golden key, and Alice's

was that

this

might belong

to

first

one of the


!

DOWN THE doors

of

were too at

any

the

hall

large,

rate

it

or

;

but,

the

would

alos

the

either

!

locks

key was too small, but not

ojDen

any of them.

However, on the second time round, she came

upon

low

a

curtain she

had

not noticed before,

and

be-

hind

it

was

a

a1)0ut

fifteen

niches

high

she

tried

key

and

to her great delight

Alice opened the door and into

a

rat-hole

passage

How

small she

:

into

she

passage,

knelt the

not

it

fitted

larger

down and looked

loveliest

the

the

in

found that

much

:

golden

little

lock,

door

little

led

it

than

a

along the

garden you ever saw.

longed to get out of that dark

hall,

and wander about among those beds of bright


RABBIT-HOLE.

and those

flowers

not even "

and

even

head

my

if

my

use without

through

the

would

go

head

thought poor Alice, "

only

many

see,

so

out-of-the-way things had happened lately, Alice

that

I

could,

I

you

For,

to begin."

little

wish

I

think

I

!

;

through/'

how

Oh,

shoulders.

knew how

doorway

would be of very

it

could shut up like a telescope if I

but she could

fountains,

cool

her

get

9

had begun to think

very few

that

things indeed were really impossible.

There seemed to be no use the half or

went back

she

the

to

table,

hoping she might find another key on

any rate

at

people up a

so

door,

little

by

waiting

in

little

here

a

of

telescopes

like

on

bottle

before,"

book

it,

said

("

:

rules

this

"DRINK

Alice,)

ME,"

shutting

time she found

which certainly was not

and

neck of the bottle was a paper

words

for

it,

tied

round

label,

the the

Avith

beautifully printed

on

it

in large letters. It

was

the wise

all

little

very well to say " Drink me," but Alice

was not c

goinpr

to

do

that


DOWN THE

JO

ill

ii

"No,

liuny.

whether

see

marked not

;

'

first/'

"and

she said,

'poison' or

read

several

little

stories

children

look

it's

had

for she

"

I'll

nice

about

had

wdio

got burnt, and eaten

up by wild beasts and other unpleasant things,

all

because

they ivould not re-

member rules

the simple

their

friends

had taught them will

burn you

that

if

a

knife,

you it

you

hold

your

if

marked "poison,"

it

finger

usually bleeds

forgotten that,

;

too

long

it

is

;

and

very deeply with

and she

had never

you drink much from a

with you, sooner or

However,

as,

if

cut

that a red-hot poker

such

:

bottle

almost certain to disagree

later.

this bottle

was not marked "poison,"


"

RABBIT-HOLE.

ventured

Alice

SO

very

nice,

flavour

of

turkey,

tofl'ee,

l)e

What

a

fact,

of

sort

it

mixed roast

pine-a]3ple,

and hot buttered it

finding

she very

toast,)

off.

!"

a curious feeling

said Alice

'' ;

must

I

shutting up like a telescope."

And ten

so

the for

size

was

it

inches

at

thouo:ht

indeed

and

high,

this

further ;

" for

herself,

candle.

And

she

her

First,

I

she

:

it

was now only

she face

up

l)rightened

was now

she

that

few minutes to see

any

:

going through the

lovely garden.

to

and

it,

custard,

clierry-tart,

soon finished

"

in

liad,

(it

taste

to

11

the

ris^ht

door into that

little

however, she waited for a if

felt

she was a

oroinsf to o o

shrink

nervous

about

little

might end, you know," said Alic^

" in

my

going out altogether, like a

wonder what tried

to

I

should be like then

fancy what

candle looks like after the

the

candle

is

flame

blown

of

?

a

out,


DOWN THE

1-2

eould

she

for

remember ever having seen

not

such a thing. a

After

more

nothing

that

finding

while,

happened, she decided on going into the garden at once to

the

but, alas for poor Alice

;

the table for

reach

it

forgotten

when

went back

slippery

with

and

and she

the

she

the

poor

the

trying,

to

quite plainly through

her best

tried

of

legs

it

up

was

too

herself

out

it

tired

thing

little

climb

to

Imt

table,

and when she had

;

the

she found she could not possibly

she could see

:

glass,

one of

it,

she got

found she had

golden key, and

little

the

she

door,

when

!

down

sat

cried. "

Come,

said Alice

you

to

leave

herself

very

seldom

very

herself

her

this

off

;

so

sharply

minute

good

followed

into her eyes to I30X

herself, rather

to

gave

scolded

no use in crying

there's

!

severely

;

that

" !

"I advise

She generally

"

advice,

it,)

like

(though

she

and sometimes she as

to

bring

tears

and once she remembered trying

own

ears for

having cheated herself


"

K ABB IT-HOLE. in

game

a

for

herself,

was playing against

croquet she

of

curious

this

13

was very fond of

child

" But

pretending to be two people.

now," thought poor people to

Why,

I

make one

fell

was lying under the in

words

"EAT ME"

it

a

it

"Well,

if

it

garden, and

herself,

ate "

eat

;

a

was

so

little

Which way

growing,

to find that she sure,

eats

this

is

it,

and

which

the

I

bit, ?

and

smaller,

get into the

I'll

" !

and said anxiously

which way

was

?

;

can creep

I

which happens

she

if

can reach the key

way

either

"and

said Alice,

hand on the top of her head to it

box that

glass

she opened

:

it,"

larger,

don't care

I

little

were beautifully marked in

makes me grow

under the door

She

table

I'll

makes me grow

and

on a

left

!

very small cake, on

found

me

hardly enough of

respectable person

Soon her eye

currants.

"to pretend to be two

Alice,

there's

no use

it's

"

feel

holding her

which way

quite

remained the same

to

surprised

size

:

to

be

what generally happens when one

cake, but

Alice had

got so

much

into the


U

DOWN THE

way

of

expecting

nothing

things to haj^pen, that

stupid for

So she

life

set

off the cake.

to go

PvABBiT-HOLE.

it

but

out -of- the -way

seemed quite

dull

and

on in the common way.

to work,

and very soon finished


CHAPTER

11.

THE POOL OF "

CuEiousER

V

curiouser

was

(she

and

cried Alice

so mucli sur-

that

prised,

moment got

TEARS.

for

the

she quite for-

how

to speak

English)

;

"

good

now I'm

opening out like the largest telescope

ever was feet

!

"

feet,

!

Good-bye,

(for

w^hen she

down

looked

that

at

her

they seemed to

be almost out of sight,

they were getting so far off). little

" Oh,

my poor

I

wonder

feet,


!

THE POOL

16

who

put on your shoes aud stockings for

Avill

you now, dears

be a great deal too

shall self

about you

you can Alice,

want

;

go

me

Let

!

far off to trouble

must be kind

I

"or perhaps they to

shan't be able

I

!

my-

you must manage the best way

:

—but

/

I'm sure

?

Avon't

see

I'll

:

to them," thought

walk the way

T

them a new

give

pair of boots every Christmas."

And

she went on planning to herself

would manage she thought presents

to

;

it.

"

They must go by the

and how funny

"

one's

own

feet

it'll

how

carrier,"

seem, sending

And how odd

!

she

directions will look

the

'

Alices Right Foot, Usq.

Hearthrug, near the Fender, (ivith Alice's love.)

Oh

dear,

what nonsense I'm talking

Just at this roof of the hall

moment :

" !

her head struck against the

in fact she

was now rather more

than nine feet high, and she at once took up the little

golden key and hurried

off to the

garden door.


OF TEARS.

Poor Alice lying

was

It

!

on one

doAvii

much

as

side,

" a

Alice,

this,)

to be

great

:

you

tell

I

was a large pool

all

!

in

the

might well

way

in this

!

Stop

But she went on

"

of tears, until

round

all

there

her, about four inclies

deep and reaching half down the she heard

After a time

yourself," said

you," (she

like

girl

the same, shedding gallons

feet

down and

she sat

ashamed of

"to go on crying

moment,

this

into

to cry again.

"You ought say

through

but to get through

;

was more hopeless than ever began

as she could do,

look

to

garden with one eye

the

17

a

hall.

pattering of

little

and she hastily dried her

distance,

eyes to see what was coming.

It

was the White

Rabbit returning, splendidly dressed, with a pair of

white

fan

Oh

be felt

other

the

in

hurry,

great "

kid gloves in

!

:

he

one hand and a large

came

trotting along in

muttering to himself

the Duchess, the Duchess

savage

if

I

ve

kept

so desperate that she

D

her

!

he came,

as

Oh

won t

!

waiting

was ready

a

!

"

she

Alice

to ask help


THE POOL

18

of any one

;

so,

when

tlie

Eabbit came near her,

she began, in a low, timid voice, "If you please, sir

"

the white

away

The Rabbit

started

kid gloves

and the

into the

violently, fan,

dropped

and skurried

darkness as hard as he could go.


!

OF TEARS.

19

Alice took up the fan and gloves, and, as the hall

the

was very

hot,

time

went on

How

she

kept fanning herself

she

queer everything

talking

was I

I

almost think

But

different.

question

I if

Who

is.

the great puzzle

the

all

!

as

me

Let

up

this

if

think

morning

:

?

can remember feeling a

little

I'm

next

not the

And

"

I

to

the

Ah, that

'?

's

she began thinking over

knew, that

she

herself,

same,

am

in the world

children

same age

got

I

yester-

wonder

I

?

all

dear

Dear,

And

!

as usual.

in the night

same when

the

:

to-day

is

day things went on just

Ive been changed

*'

see

were

she

if

the

of

could have

been changed for any of them. '^I'm sure

I'm not Ada," she

Mabel, for

oh

!

she, all

to

she

know

I

know.

sorts

all

knows such a very

and I'm is!

and I'm sure

all;

I'll

I,

try

Let

and

—oh

I

know

if

me

see

:

of little

dear, all

"for her

and mine doesn't

hair goes in such long ringlets,

go in ringlets at

said,

things, !

and

Besides,

how

be

can't

I

she,

shes

puzzling

it

the things I used

four times five

is

twelve,


— THE POOL

20

and four seven

is

times six

— oh

at that rate

the capital

and

Eome, certain

try

crossed

saying

I

!

shall

I

times

never get to twenty

However, the Multiplication Table

!

and

of Paris,

Eome

London

try Geography.

let's

:

Pciris

that

no,

wrong,

all

's

'

Hoiv doth

hands

lessons,

on

and began

voice sounded hoarse

the little

her lap

and

as

for

—'" it,

and she

Improve

and the words

strange,

And On

"

the little crocodile Iris

shining

tail,

2^our the v:aters of the Site every golden sccde

!

Hoir cheerfully he seems

to

Hoio neatly spreads his

And

welcomes

little fishes

were

but her

did not come the same as they used to do

" Hoi'j doth

I'm

Mabel

she

if

repeat

to

is

the capital of

is

must have been changed

and say her

and four

thirteen,

is

dear!

doesn't signify

I'll

!

grin, elavjs,

in

With gently smiling jaws/"

:


"

;

OF TEARS.

"I'm

those

sure

and

poky

little

play

with,

learn if

Come up

and then,

up

if

:

body

ever

!

if

not,

else'

I I

'11

— but,

sudden burst of

As hands,

all

said

and was

I

'

stay

down

me

Tell

here

oh dear!" " I

tears,

I

!

cried

so

sayings

look

uj>

that

first,

I'll

come

'm

somewith

Alice,

do wish

am

I

till

it

they

a

would

very tired of

!

this

she

surprised

while she was talking. she thought.

only

being that person,

put on one of the Eabbit's

that ?"

to

be no

It'll

down and

shall

then?

I

like

alone here

she

lessons

here!

!

dear

put their heads down being

many

so

down

stay

'Who am

say,

that

in

live

made up my mind about

I'll

again,

after

have next to no toys to

putting their heads

their

and

oh

I 've

I'm Mabel,

use '

and

with tears

filled

go and

to

house, and

No,

!

have

shall

I

words,"

right

"I must be Mabel

again as she went on, all,

not the

are

and her eyes

poor Alice,

said

21

looked to

see

little

I

must

that

at

her

she

had

white kid gloves

''How can "

down

Ije

I

have done

growing small


THE POOL

22

up and went

She got

again."

measure herself by

and found

it,

the

to

table

as nearly

that,

was now about two

as she could guess, she

and was going on shrinking rapidly

high,

soon found out that

to

feet

she

:

cause of this was the

the

fan she was holding, and she dropped

hastily,

it

away

just in time to save herself from shrinking altogether. "

That

narrow escape

a

loas

!

a

said Alice,

"

good deal frightened at the sudden change, but very glad to find herself

still

now

and

garden

the

for

back to the

speed

1

key was lying on the things

are

child,

"for

never!

As in

she

and

with

all

alas

but,

:

;

the

!

golden

little

glass table as before, "

worse than

ever,"

thought the

and poor

never was so small as this before,

T

And

I

declare

it's

these

said

too bad, that

words her

another moment, splash

her chin in she

door

little

ran

she

door was shut again, and the

little

and

"

"

in existence

salt

water.

had somehow

fallen

Her into

!

it

foot

she

is!''

slipped,

was up

first

idea

the

sea,

to

was that ''

and

in


OF TEARS.

that

case

back by railway/'

can go

I

23

had been

slie

said

the seaside once

to

herself.

(Alice

in

her

and had come to the general con-

life,

clusion, that

coast in

with

wherever you go to on the English

you find

the

sea,

a

number

bathing machines

of

some children digging

wooden

houses,

to

and

However, she

then

a

row

behind

them

a

railway

soon

made out

spades,

that

of

lodging

was

when

in

she

feet high.

"I wish as she

sand

station.)

she

the pool of tears which she had wept

was nine

the

in

swam

T

hadn't cried so

much!"

about, trying to find her

said Alice,

way

out.


— THE POOL

24

" I

be punished for

shall

being drowned in

my own

a queer thing, to be sure is

now,

it

tears

That will be

!

However, everything

!

queer to-day."

then

Just

nearer to

thought but

something

way

little

make out what

was

it

at

:

small

now, and she soon made out that

mouse that had slipped "

Would

Alice,

so

be

it

" to speak

out-of-the-way

very likely

it

to

can

do you

know

the

was only

now," thought

?

Everything

:

at

any

So she began

way

:

there's

"0

Mouse,

out of this pool

thought this must be

speaking to a mouse

:

a thing before, but she in

her

brother's

Latin

is

rate,

very tired of swimming about here, (Alice

was

here, that I should think

talk

no harm in trying."

use,

mouse

this

down

it

she

in like herself.

any

of

she

first

hippopotamus,

or

remembered how

she

splashing

and she swam

off,

must be a walrus

it

then

heard

she

about in the pool a

a

by

suppose,

I

she

the

'?

I

am

Mouse!"*

right

way

of

had never done such

remembered having seen

Grammar,

''

A

mouse


"

OF TEARS.

mouse

of a

mouse

to a

Mouse looked

Tlie

seemed

her

to

—a

25

mouse

mouse

at her rather inquisitively,

wink with one

to

of

its

")

I

and little

eyes, but it said nothing.

" Perhaps

thought Alice

;

understand

doesn't

it

" I

daresay

it's

English,"

a French mouse,

come over with William the Conqueror." with

her knowledge of history, Alice had no

all

how

very clear notion

?

which was

"

out

all

of

the

the

first

and

Avater,

had

"Oil

est

ma

sentence

in

her

:

seemed to quiver

" Oh, I beg your pardon

over with fright.

afraid that

cried Alice hastily,

anything

ago

The Mouse gave a sudden

French lesson-book. leap

long

So she began again

happened.) chatte

(For,

poor animal's feelings.

"

I

!

she had hurt the

quite forgot

you

didn't

like cats."

"

Not

like cats

passionate voice.

were

me

" !

"

cried the Mouse, in a shrill,

Would you

tone

cats

if

you

?

" Well, perhaps not," ing

like

"

:

" don't

be

said Alice in

angry about

E

it.

a

sooth-

And

yet


THE POOL

2(5

I

I

Avisli

show

could

think you'd take

our

a fancy to

She

only see her.

you

is

cats

if

such a dear

in

nicely

by the

the

ing her face to nurse

ing mice again,

oh, I

for

all. over,

she

this

and she

and

licking

fire,

— and

— and

"

pool,

she 's

is

she

I

thing,"

swam

lazily

purring

sits

:

you could

cjuiet

Alice went on, half to herself, as she

about

Dinah

cat

her paws and

so

wash-

such a nice soft thing

such a capital one for catch-

beg your pardon

time felt

the

!

"

cried Alice

Mouse was

certain

it

bristling

must be

really


"

OF TEARS. "

offended.

won't talk about her any more

you'd rather not."

if

"

would

down

me ''

name again

wont indeed

I

change

to

Are you

— are

!

"There

you fond

should

like

eyed

terrier,

curly

brown

you hair

you throw them, and its

member farmer, it's

all

and

dinner,

half

you

you

sorts

all

them

of

know,

rats

sorrowful

and

it'll

sit

tone.

*'

I'm

:

— and

long

fetch things

when

!

"

afraid

!

up and beg

it

!

bright-

such

things

of

dear

The

"

little

oh

and he says

— oh

?

dogs

A

!

worth a hundred pounds the

great

went on eagerly

with

it'll

a

dog near our house

little

And

!

/

conversation.

of

— of— of

know,

if

Don t

!

in

Alice,

so Alice

show

to

As

!

subject

such a nice

is

''

tail.

Our family always

!

said

"

the

Mouse did not answer,

his

vulgar things

low,

nasty,

:

hear the

hurry

I

end of

to the

who was

Mouse,

the

cried

!

talk on such a subject

hated cats let

"

We, indeed

tremblino'

"

We

27

—I

can't

belongs it's

He

for

to

a

useful,

so

says

re-

it

kills

cried

Alice

I've

offended

in

a it


"!

THE POOL OF TEARS.

28

again

!

from her as hard as quite a

commotion

So she called

Do come back or

cats

When

the

pale

quite it

dogs

softly

either,

slowly

said in a low,

to the shore,

and

you'll

and

doo's.''

It

getting

after

it

"

:

Mouse dear

you don't

if

heard

this,

back

face

was

thought),

and

its

:

Alice

was high time

tell

I'll

why to

go,

crowded with

mals that had fallen into

it

it

:

"

is

Let

my

you I

us

get

history,

hate

cats

the

pool

was

birds

and

ani-

for

the

!

round

turned

trembling voice,

and then

them

like

it

her

to

passion,

understand

quite

and making

go,

and we won't talk about

again,

(with

could

it

away

in the pool as it went.

Mouse

swam

and

swimming

For the Mouse was

"

there were a

Duck

and a Dodo, a Loiy and an Eaglet, and several other curious creatures.

the whole party

swam

Alice led the way, to the shore.

and


CHAPTER

III.

A CAUCUS-EACE AND A LONG TALE.

They were

indeed a queer-looking party

assembled on the bank feathers, the animals

to

them,

and

all

— the

tliat

birds with dragoied

with their fur clinging close

dripping wet,

cross,

and un-

comfortable.

The

first

dry again

:

question of course was,

how

to get

they had a consultation about

this,


!

A CAUCUS-RACE

30

and

Alice

to

few minutes

after a

them,

as

Indeed,

to

find

if

she

the Lory,

who

only say, "

I

Alice-

how

old

'•

allow,

with-

was, and

as the

Lory

it

was no

there

age,

its

tell

down the

down,

Sit

fixed on

it,

bad cold

if

for

of

and

you,

large

!

ring,

kept her

Alice

listen

called to

They

''

all

me sat

Mouse

with the eyes

a

anxiously

she felt sure she would catch a

she did not get dry very soon.

"Ahem!"

William

a

in

middle.

know.

all

be

to

among them,

make you dry enough

at once,

air, " are

who seemed

some authority

of

I'll soon

*

and must know

would not

Mouse,

the

last

person

I

with

to be said.

At

in

life.

turned sulky, and would

this

to

her

all

argument

long

a

older than you,

refused

positively

out,

quite

am

out knowing

more

had known them

at last

and

better;^'

seemed quite natural

talking familiarly with

herself

had

she

it

you

said the all

ready

Silence the

all

Mouse with an important ?

This round,

Conipieror,

is

the driest thing if

whose

you

please

cause

was


— AND A LONG TALE. favoured by

by

the

much accustomed

been of late

Edwin

conquest.

Ugh

" I

!

your

" I

Mercia

pardon

said the

'Edwin and

and even

Eound

tvhat ?

"

Found

it/'

"

" I

Mouse.

the

the

declared

— advisable

earls

for

of

him

archbishop

of

''

'

said the Duck.

know what 'it'

replied rather crossly '

it

'

:

means."

means well enough, when

Duck

:

The question

worm.

the archbishoj) find

1

hastily.

patriotic

a thing," said the or a

Mouse,

Did you speak

said

Mouse

the

"I know what

a frog

"

:

Morcar,

the

it

"

find

of

earls

the

said

"

Lory

and

Stigand,

Canterbury, found

/

the

!

Northumbria,

" of course you

usurpation and

to

'

thought you did,"

proceed.

and had

leaders,

"

frowning, but very politely

"Not I!"

to

the Lory, with a shiver.

" said

beg

suLmitted

Morcar,

— Northumbria-

Mercia and "

and

;

81

soon

who wanted

EDglisli,

tlie

was

pope,

"

" it is,

's

generally

what did

" ?

The Mouse did not

notice this

question,

but


"

"'

A CAUCUS-RACE

32

hurriedly went on, "'

— found

advisable to go

it

with Edg;ar Athelino- to meet William and

him

the crown.

But the insolence of

moderate.

How

William's conduct at

you getting on now,

are

tinued, turning to Alice as

As wet

*^

tone

" it

:

" In

that

adjourn,

its

seem

and,

what

And

the

smile

:

"

in

move

immediate

meaniuo-

the 's

more,

I

"

"

it

con-

that

those

solemnly,

meeting

the

adoption

half

of

of

more

''

don

I

long;

down

was going

!

head to hide a

its

l)ird3 tittered

to

t

words,

don't believe you do either

some of the other I

at all."

said the Eaglet.

Eaglet bent

What

?

Dodo

the

— remedies !

me

to dry

" I

feet,

" Speak English

know

dear

spoke.

it

said

case,"

the

for

energetic

Avas

as ever," said Alice in a melancholy

doesn't

to

rising

first

Normans

his

my

offer

say,"

audibly.

said the

Dodo

an offended tone, "was, that the best thing

to get us "

that

dry would be a Caucus-race."

What she

is

a

Caucus-race

wanted much

to

?

"

said

Alice

;

not

know, but the Dodo


AND A LONG had paused as

no

33

thought that somebody ought

if it

and

speak,

to

TALE.

one

else

seemed inclined

to

way

to

say anything.

"Why," explain

will tell

(And

it."

as

best

you might

marked out a

it

("the

of circle,

and then

T

it.)

race-course, in a sort

shape doesn't matter,"

exact

it

party were placed along

the

all

like

some winter day,

yourself,

you how the Dodo managed

First

said,)

do

thing

the

try

to

to

is

it

"the

Dodo,

the

said

the course, here and there.

There was no " One

two, three, and

away," but they began running

when they

and

that over.

liked,

was not easy

it

crowded round has

This

without a

when they

know when

liked, so

the race

was

and were quite dry again, the Dodo

so,

suddenly called out,

who

to

off

However, when they had been running half

an hour or

all

left

won

it,

is

over " and they !

panting, and asking,

"

But

?

great

long time

The race

"

question a

"

the

Dodo

deal of

not

thought, and

with one finger F

could

pressed

it

answer sat for

upon

its


A CAUCUS-RACE

34

see

position

(the

forehead,

Shakespeare,

in

the

you

which

in

pictures

Dodo

At

last the

'^Everybody has won, and

all

must have

is

to

give

the

while

of him,)

the rest waited in silence.

"But who

usually

prizes

?

said,

prizes."

quite

"

a

chorus of voices asked. "

ing

Why, to

she, of course," said the

Alice

with

one

finger

;

Dodo, point-

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

and handed them round

it,)

There was exactly one "

But

she

must

as prizes.

a-piece, all round.

have

a

prize

you

herself,

know," said the Mouse. "

"

Of

What

went

course," the else

Dodo

replied

very gravely.

have you got in your pocket

on, turning to iVlice.

" Only a thimble," said Alice sadly.

"Hand

it

over here," said the Dodo.

?

"

he


AND A

Then

tliey

thimble

We

;

"

the

thimble,

beg your acceptance of this elegant

and, Avlien

speech, they

80

crowded round her once more,

Dodo solemnly presented

while the saying, "

all

T.OXO TALE.

all

it

cheered.

had

finished

this

short


C

;

A CAUCUS-RACE

3r>

thought the whole thing very absurd,

Alice

but they dare

looked

all

laugh

to

;

and

so

grave that she

as

she

not

did

could not think of

anything to say, she simply bowed, and took the thimble, looking as solemn as she could.

The next thing was caused

some

eat the comfits

to

and confusion,

noise

the

as

this

:

large

birds complained that they could not taste theirs,

and the small ones choked and had on the back.

down

they sat

Mouse "

However,

to

again

You promised

to "

Alice,

and D," she added it

Mine

is

ring,

and

and begged the

a long

tell

me

and why

your history, you it

you hate

is

—

in a whisper, half afraid that

would be offended "

a

at last,

them something more.

tell

know," said

was over

it

in

to be patted

again.

and a sad

!

tale

"

said

the

Mouse, turning to Alice, and sighing. " It

looking "

is

a

long

tail,

certainly,"

down with wonder

But why do you

puzzling about

it

call it

sad

said

Alice,

at the Mouse's tail

V

And

while the Mouse

she kept on

was speaking,


:

AND A LONG TALE. SO

37

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 '

:

/ 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 our,

Such a

'

trial,

dear

sir,

With no jury or ju(»ee,

would be wasting our breath.' •

I'll

judge. be

I'll

Said

cunning old

Fnry

r

;

try

II

the whole cause,

and condemn ynii

be


"

!

•'^

:

A CAUCUS-RACE "

You

" I

!

not

are

attenclincf

"What

to Alice, severely.

"

";

" "

said

"

are

Mouse

the

you thinking of?"

beg your pardon," said Alice very humbly

you had got "I

to the fifth bend, I think " cried

had not

?

Mouse, sharply and

the

very angrily. "

A

knot

" said Alice,

!

and looking anxiously about

herself useful,

"Oh, do "

let

me

Mouse,

getting

me by

insult

" I

nothing of

the

up and walking

mean

it

"

The Mouse only growled come

Alice called in

chorus,

"Yes,

only

shook

little

quicker.

"What

its

a

and

;

please

the Lory, as soon as

it it

"

You

!

poor

you know

finish

the

Alice. !

do!"

wouldn't

your story

others

head impatiently,

pity

the

in reply.

back, and

after it

said

away.

pleaded

!

" But you're so easily offended,

" Please

sort,"

talking such nonsense

didn't

her.

help to undo it!"

do

shall

I

always ready to make

but

all

the

!

joined

Mouse

and walked a

stay!"

sighed

was quite out of sight


"

AND A LONG

"

TALE.

39

and an old Crab took the opportunity of saying her

to

daughter,

"Ah,

my

you

never

to

a lesson "

to

Hold your tongue, Ma!"

a

snappishly.

little

"

re

temper

yoin^

lose

!

the young Crab,

said

You

Let this be

dear!

enough

try the

to

patience of an oyster \" " I

do

!

wish

Alice

said

"

had our Dinah

I

"

particular.

She

"And who Alice

ready cat.

Dinah,

is

ask the question

?

talk

And

she

mice,

you

could

sec

her

think

among off

at

the

pet

birds

caused

party.

once

:

was

she

for

to

always

"Dinah's

:

And

!

after the

speech

!

might venture

I

oh,

one

itself

up

very

must

be

getting

a

Some old

our

home;

wish you she

the

sensation

birds

began

remarking, the

eat

it

remarkable of

'11

!

Magpie

carefully,

I

Why,

!

a little bird as soon as look at

This

back

it

in

"

such a capital one for catching

can t her

if

eagerly,

about 's

nobody

I

the Lory.

" said

replied

to

soon fetch

know

I

addressing

aloud, 'd

here,

hurried

wrapping " I

night-air

really

doesn't


"

A CAU0U8-KACE AND A LONG TALE.

40

my

suit

!

throat

and a Canary

"

trembling voice to dears

It's

!

various

high time you were

they

pretexts

was soon " I

I

like her,

a

wonder

moved

On

" !

and Alice

off,

if

I

"

melancholy tone.

down

the best cat in the world I

in bed

all

mentioned Dinah

hadn't

herself in

seems to

all

Come away, my

left alone.

wish

said to

children,

its

out in a

called ''

here, !

ever

shall

my

she

"

Nobody

and I'm sure

Oh, see

!

she's

dear Dinah

more

you any

!

!

And

here poor Alice began to cry again, for she

felt

very

while,

and

lonely

however,

she

low-spirited.

again heard a

ing of footsteps in the

up

eagerly,

changed finish his

his

half

hoping

mind, and

story.

distance,

that

was

In

a

little

little

patter-

and she looked the

Mouse had

coming

back

to


CHAPTER

IV.

THE EABBIT SENDS IN A LITTLE

back

again,

went, as it

if it

muttering

Duchess

ferrets

them, it

had

lost

to

wonder was

?

"

The

dear paws get

"

Duchess

I

as

of white kid gloves,

for

the

fan

The

!

and

fur

sure

as

have dropped

Alice guessed in a

looking

it

and she heard

executed,

Where can

!

moment

and the pair

and she very good-naturedly

began hunting about

nowhere to be seen

me

;

about as

Oh my

!

slowly

trotting

anxiously

something

itself,

She'll

are ferrets I

Eabbit,

and looking

Oh my

!

whiskers!

that

White

was the

It

BILL.

for

them,

—everything

but

they were

seemed

to

have


THE

42

IIABBIT .SENDS

swim

changed since her great

with

hall,

the

in

and

table

glass

and

poolj

tlie

the

the little

had vanished completely.

door,

Very soon the Eabbit noticed went hunting about, and

as

Alices

out to

called

she

her in

an angry tone, "Why, Mary Ann, what are you doing out here

me

fetch

a pair

now

!

she

ran off

And

moment, and

this

gloves and a

of

much

Alice was so

fan

explain

Quick,

I

frightened that

once in the direction

at

without trying to

to, it

"

Run home

?

pointed

it

mistake that

the

had made. "

He

to herself

when he take

as

him

little

for

out fan

his

As

"How

who

am

I

and gloves

she said

house,

housemaid,"

his

she ran.

finds

find them."

neat

me

took

on the

bright brass plate with the

engraved upon

it.

ing,

and

hurried

she

should

meet

said

surprised he'll be

But

!

— that

this,

she

she

is,

I'd

better

if I

can

came upon a

door of which was a

name

"

W. RABBIT

"

She went in without knockupstairs,

the

real

in

great

Marv Ann,

fear

and

lest

be


turned

out

of

TN

A LITTLE

the

house

BILL.

before

4?,

she

found

liad

the fan and gloves. "

How

queer

it

seems," Alice

"to be going messages Dinah '11

And

:

minute,

nurse

this

mouse-hole

till

that

the

a

think," in

By a tidy

and on

for

But

1

went

Alice

the house

this

it

three pairs of

if

Coming

to

watch

Only

out.'

see

don't

I

let

Dinah

ordering

people

they'd

began

it

!

had found

way

her

table in

the

into

window,

she had hoped) a fan and two tiny

white kid pair

just going to leave the little

di-

'

' !

got

I've

here

"

up the fan and a

upon a

Come

!

" !

of thins^ that

sort

" that

on,

room with a

(as

suppose

I

!

Dinah comes back, and

time she

little

to herself,

messages next o

your walk

mouse doesn't get

about like that

glass.

on

Miss Alice

'* *

and get ready

rectly,

stop

me

she began fancying the

would happen

in

a rabbit

for

sending o

be

said

bottle

gloves

of the

room,

:

gloves,

she

or

took

and was

when her eye

fell

that stood near the looking-

There was no label

this

time

with the


U

THE RABBIT SENDS

words

"DEINK ME,"

corked

and

it

something

put

but nevertheless she un-

interesting

sure

is

said to herself,

"whenever

thing;

just

I

so

I'll

do hope

little

had

what

quite

large

again, for

such

before

:

she found

ceiling,

and had

had

she

drunk

the

Alas

door

much !

it

I

do

—As

it

wish

to

too

late

down on

minute there was she

tried

the

can't

get

drunk

hadn't

I

hope

I

1

was

kneel

I

is,

l:)ottle,

" to

wish that

went on growing, and growing, had

the

stoop to save her neck from

to

grow any more

quite so

tiny

her head pressing against the

saying to herself, "That's quite enough

at

half

She hastily put doAvn the

being broken.

out

a

and much sooner than she

so indeed,

expected

shan't

does.

!

bottle,

I

any-

bottle

being

of

tired

drink

or

this

she

"

thino;

It did

see

know

happen/'

to eat

I

" I

lips.

make me grow

it'll

I'm

really

her

to

it

the

not even

effect

of

She

and very soon

floor

room

lying

!

:

in

for

another this,

and

down with one


"

IN

elbow

A LITTLE

the

against

ing,

and,

a

as

and

door,

cnrled round her head.

BILL.

Still

arm

other

the

she went on grow-

she

resource,

last

45

put

one arm

out of the window, and one foot up the chimney,

and said

to

herself,

whatever hajDpens.

"

Now

What

Luckily for Alice, the

now had still

it

seemed

its

full

effect,

I

ivill

little

can do no more,

become of me magic

be

no

sort

had

and she grew no larger

was very uncomfortable, to

bottle

1

of

chance

and

as

of her

:

there

ever


!

!!

THE IMBBIT SENDS

46

out

getting felt

of

room

the

unhappy.

was much pleasanter

" It

"

poor Alice, larger

down

when

one wasn't

rabbits.

that

I

rabbit-hole

— and

you know,

wonder

can

what

used to read

I

yet— and

this

have

sort

in

fairy-tales,

the middle of one

book

a

written

And when

I

grow up,

least there's

"But get

but then I

then,"

thought

one

way

— always you

now

here I

ought

there

one

— but

"shall

Alice,

to be

?

here.'*

never

I

That '11 be a

an old

woman

to have lessons to learn

foolish

I'm

in a sorrowful tone, " at

am now

—never

shouldn't like that " Oh,

I

I

!

me

to

no room to grow up any more

any older than

comfort,

life

it's

fancied that

I

that

write

I'll

grown up now," she added

of

There ought to be

!

me,

about

yet

happened

kind of thing never happened, and

am

growing

always

almost wish I hadn't gfone

rather curious,

When

home," thought

at

and smaller, and being ordered about by

mice and

do

no woncler she

again,

!

Oh,

"

Alice

" !

she

answered her-


"

A LITTLE

IN "

self.

How

room

any lesson-books

And

47

can you learn lessons in here

there's hardly for

BILL.

for you,

and no room

Why, at all

!

went

so she

'i

on, taking first one side

and

then the other, and making quite a conversation of

altogether

it

but

;

after

few minutes she

a

heard a voice outside, and stopped to "

Mary Ann

me my

" fetch

a

little

knew

it

Mary Ann

!

pattering

of

''

feet

on

and she trembled

!

voice,

Then came

stairs.

Alice

to look for her,

she shook the house, quite

till

she

that

forgetting

"

the

was the Eabbit coming

the

said

moment

gloves this

listen.

!

was now

about a

thousand

times as large as the Rabbit, and had no reason to be afraid of

Presently

and

tried

inwards, against

heard

it

to

the

open

and it,

it.

Eabbit came up to the door, it

but as the door opened

;

elbow

Alice's

that

say to

was

attempt proved a

"Then

itself,

I'll

pressed failure.

hard Alice

go round and

get in at the window." "

That you won't

!

"

thought Alice, and, after


— THE KABBIT «ENDS

48

waitinof

till

under

just

she

flmciecl

the

windo\y

heard

she she

the

Eabbit

suddenly

spread

her

out

made

and

hand,

a snatch in the

She did not get

air.

hold of anything, but she

heard

and

shriek ;

little

a

fall,

and a crash of broken she

,

a

glass,

from which

concluded

that

it

was just possible

it

had

fallen into

a

cucumber - frame, or something of the

Next came an angry voice

"Pat! voice

Pat!

"

had never

she

I'm here

for

angrily.

out of this

are

And

you

heard

Eabbit's

"

before,

then

!

"

apples,

" Here

!

indeed

a

Sure then

Digging for apples, yer honour

!

Digging

Eabbit

Where

—the

sort.

" !

!

"

Come and

(Sounds of more broken

said helj)

glass.)

the

me


"

IN

"Now

A

I.ITTLK BILL.

49

me, Pat, what's that in the whi-

tell

dow?" " Sure,

nounced "

that size

you goose

arm,

Why,

%

"Sure,

(He pro-

!

''arrum.")

it

An

"

an arm, yer honour

it's

it

ever saw one

window

the whole

fills

does, yer

it

Who

!

honour: but

it's

" !

an arm

for all that."

"Well,

got no business there, at any rate:

it's

go and take

away

it

" !

There was a long silence after only hear whispers

could

" Sure,

as, !

all

"

"

last [she

don't like

I

Do

as I

tell

spread out

another snatch in the

two

little

"What

glass.

there

must be

they'll

window, don't

shrieks,

a "

!

do next I

want

I

it,

now and

then

yer honour, at "

you, you coward

her hand air.

number

all,

at

and

at

of

of

broken

cucumber

frames

sounds

for pulling

" I

wonder what

me

only wish they could!

H

such

and made

again,

thought Alice.

to stay in here

!

;

This time there were

and more

As

and Alice

this,

out

Vm

any longer

!

of the

sure

/


— —

— THE RABBIT SENDS

•"in

She waited

at

:

words

"

:

came

hxst

talking toQ:ether

voices all

Where's

fetch

!

corner

this

here,

it

—No,

tie

hold of this rope

'em together

first

!

below It

"

was

I

Bill,

the

master

the chimney

"Oh! ney,

they

has

he

be

says

—they don't do well

they'll

I

—Here, roof

Bill

bear

?

coming down

— Who's

catch

!

— Mind Heads

!

got

do

it

you've

?

the

That

1

go down

to

that

down

to go

Yoit

I

I

'em up at

" Now, who did

shan't

Bill's

— Why,

—Here,

to

go down

down

the chim-

got

" !

so

seem

wouldn't

it's

fancy

?

!

Bill!

— Oh

the

loud crash)

—Nay, / won't, then —

chimney I

(a

!

—Will

?

the

got the other

put

— Oh,

that loose slate

ladder

—Here,

lad

be particular

don't

;

of

made out

Bill's

;

reach half high enough yet

enough

hearing

rumbling

a

she

:

other

the

hadn't to bring but one Bill

without

time

and the sound of a good many

cart-wheels,

little

some

for

more

anything

:

Bill's 1

"

to in

got to come Alice

said

put

to

herself.

everything

upon

place

a

Bill's

for

" Bill

Why, !

good deal

I


— IN

A LITTLE

fireplace

this

be sure

to I

51

BILL.

is

but

;

narrow, thinh

I

''

can kick a

!

little

She drew her foot as far

down

the chimney as

she could, and waited she heard a

what

animal

little

guess

couldn't

(she

till

of

sort it was) scratch-

ing 'and scrambling about

chimney

in the

her

close

above

then, saying to

:

'^This

self,

Bill,"

is

liei*-

she

gave one sharp kick, and waited to see

happen

The

chorus

'r

!

"

hat would

next.

thing

first

was

heard

Bill

a\

of

a

she

general

" Ther:e

goes

then the Eabbit's

voice alone

''

Catch him,

you by the hedge

" !

then


"

THE KABBIT SENDS

52

and then another confusion of voices

silence,

" Hold up his head

him— How to

you

("That's

know

was

it,

—Brandy

Bill,"

thought Alice,)

I goes like

"

So you

"

We

me

"Well,

you

tell

a sky-rocket !

and Alice

she could, "If you do,

I'll

now

—but

I

all

know

!

" said the others.

must burn the house down ;

hardly

I

a Jack-in-tlie-l)ox,

like

did, old fellow

voice

Kabbit's

squeaking voice,

I'm better

;

I'm a deal too flustered to

something comes at

AVhat happened

feeble,

more, thank ye

choke

it

a

little

—Don't

!

came

— No

and up

now

fellow?

old

Tell us all about

?

Last

is,

"

!

"

said the

called out as loud as set

Dinah

at

you!"

There was a dead silence instantly, and Alice thought to next roof

If

!

ofl*."

herself,

slic

wonder what they

will do

they had any sense, they'd take the After a minute

moving about say,

" I

again, and

or

two,

they began

Alice heard the Eabbit

"A barrowful will do, to begin with." "A barrowful of tuhat?" thought Ali('e; liad

not lono^ to doubt, for the next

but

moment


IN A LITTLE BILL.

a shower of

pebbles came rattling in at the

little

window, and some of them "I'll

j)ut

hit her in the face.

a stop to this," she said to herself, and

"You'd

shouted out,

better not do that again!"

which produced another dead Alice

all

on the

turning into

I

eat

;

and

as

must make me

the

cakes as they

little

into

one of these cakes," she

can't possibly

it

that

make some change

thought, "it's sure to size

surprise

and a bright idea came

floor,

"If

her head.

silence.

some

with

noticed

pebbles were lay

53

make me

in

my

larger, it

smaller, I suppose."

So she swallowed one of the cakes, and was delighted directly.

find

to

As soon

she

as

and found quite a crowd of

Bill,

waiting

was

in the

guinea-pigs,

of a bottle.

They

moment

appeared

she

little

middle, being

who were

giving

held it

;

l)ut

slie

animals and little

Lizard,

up by two

something out

made a rush

all

to

out of the house,

The poor

outside.

shrinking

was small enough

get through the door, she ran

l)irds

began

she

that

at Alice the

rnn off ns liard


"

THE KABBIT SEN D8

51

as

she

and soon found herself

could,

a

in

safe

thick wood.

''The to

herself,

" is

to

garden. It

she wandered

as

grow

second thing I

I've got to do," said Alice

thing

first

my

to is

right

about in the wood, size

my way

to find

l3est

plan."

sounded an excellent plan, no doubt, and

culty was,

it

;

not

;

the only

difii-

smallest

idea

the

and while she was peering

among

anxiously

bark just

had

that she

to set about

about

and the

;

into that lovely

think that will be the

very neatly and simply arranged

how

again

the

over her head

trees,

a

little

made her

sharp

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. said Alice, in a coaxing tone, to whistle to all

the time

it

at

;

up

little

and she

thing

I

tried hard

but she was terribly frightened the

hungry, in which case eat her

" Poor

thought that it

it

would be very

in spite of all her coaxing.

might be likely to


IN A LITTLE BILL.

Hardly knowing wliat she a

little

puppy air

l3it

;

off

of

stick,

55

did, she

and held

it

picked up

out

to

the

whereupon the puppy jumped into the all

its

feet

at

once,

with

a

yelp

of


;

THE

56

delight,

and rushed

lieve to

worry

great

thistle,

over;

and

it

keep

stick,

and made be-

dodged behind a

Alice herself

moment

the

get hold

very

from being

run

on

the

at

the

appeared

she

puppy made another rush

horse,

of

it

:

then Alice, thinking

and expecting every moment

pled under the

its

feet,

the

all

way

ing out of

series of

running a very

each time and a long

a good

was

it

off,

its

cart-

be tram-

to

ran round the thistle again

puppy began a

at the stick,

hoarsely

hurry

its

having a game of play with a

like

then

the

and tumbled head over heels in

stick,

to

at

then

;

to

other side, the

JJABBTT 8END8

while,

way till

little

l)ack,

at

panting, with

mouth, and

its

last its

short charges

way

forwards

and barking it

down

sat

tongue hang-

great

eyes

half

shut.

This seemed to Alice a good opportunity for

making her ran

and

till till

escape, so

she

she was quite tired

set

off

at once,

and out of

and

breath,

the puppy's bark sounded quite faint in

the distance.


"

A LITTLE

IN

And

*'

said

yet Avhat a dear

"I

:

do

—

question

The

the

is,

what

thing

that

or

me

Let I

other

but

;

under it

it,

see

She

that

—how

the

great

the

at

what

?

and

flowers

of grass, but she could not see any-

looked

thing

the right

like

growing

as herself

and on both

;

There was a

near

sides of

she

her,

about

the

herself

it,

and behind

it,

might as well look

what was on the top stretched

eat

to

and when she had looked

occurred to her that

and

see

was,

certainly

round her

all

mushroom

same height

size

ought to eat

suppose

or drink under the circumstances. large

to

?

question

great

blades

I

?

" !

tricks

it

nearly forgotten

I 'd

!

managed

looked

Alice

dear

something

drink

or

a buttercup

been the right

I'd only

if

was

it

with one of the

herself

grow up again!

to

to be

it

if

Oh

!

got

I've is

it

puppy

little

should have liked teaching

very much, to

r>7

against

leant

and fanned

rest herself,

leaves

she

as

Alice,

BILL.

up

of

it.

on

tiptoe,

and

peeped over the edge of the mushroom, and her I


58

eyes

THE

immediately

caterpillar,

arms

P.ABBIT SENDS IN

met

that was

folded, quietly

A LITTLE

those

sitting

of

a

BILL.

large

blue

on the top with

its

smoking a long hookah, and

taking not the smallest notice of her or of anything

else.


CHAPTER

V.

ADVICE FKOM A CATERPILLAR.

The other

Caterpillar

for

Caterpillar

and

some time

in

Alice

silence

took the hookah

and addressed her

looked

out

at

:

of

its

at last

each the

mouth,

in a languid, sleepy voice.


I

ADVICE FROM A

60

"Who

youf'' said the Caterpilkr.

are

This was not an

Alice replied, rather

conversation.

know,

hardly

know who but

I

encouraging opening for a

think

present

at

when

ivas

I

just

sir,

I

up

got

" I

shyly,

least

at

I

morning,

this

must have been changed

I

several

times since then." "

What do you mean by

Alice,

I'm

can't explain myself, *'

?

said

"

" Explain yourself

Caterpillar sternly.

"I

that

the

" !

afraid, sir," said

because I'm not myself, you see."

" I don't see," said the Caterpillar.

"I'm

afraid

can't

I

very politely,

Alice

replied

stand

it

many

different sizes in a

" It

myself

" Well, perhaps

chrysalis

day

— you

is

it

clearly,"

can't

under-

and being so

;

very confusing."

will

you have

some

day,

then after that into a butterfly, you'll feel

I

you haven't found

" but Avhen

;

"for

begin with

to

more

it

said the Caterpillar.

isn't,"

said Alice

put

a

little

queer, won't

to

it

so yet,"

turn into a

you know I

— and

should think

you T'


CATERPILLAE. "

Not

61

a bit," said the Caterpillar.

" Well, perhaps your feelings said Alice

"

;

I

all

know

is,

may

be different,"

would

it

feel

very

queer to meJ'

You

'*

"

Who

" !

said the Caterpillar contemptuously. "

are you ?

Which brought them back giuning of the conversation. irritated

at

the

making such very

me

tell

said,

vvho

said the Caterpillar.

Here was another puzzling question Alice could

the

little

first.''

"Why?"

as

a

felt

"I think you ought to

very gravely, are,

Alice

be-

the

and she drew herself up and

short remarks,

you

Caterpillar's

again to

and, as

;

not think of any good reason, and

Caterpillar

seemed to be

in

a

very un-

pleasant state of mind, she turned away. ''

Come back

^'I've

!

"

the Caterpillar called after her.

something important to say!"

This sounded promising, certainly

and came back "

:

Alice turned

ag-ain.

Keep your temper,"

said the Caterpillar.


—

"

ADVICE FKOM A

62

" Is

that

all

?

said

"

as well as ansfer o

tier

thought

Alice

mioiit

it

but at

hookah

out

of

well

as

and

do,

unfolded

it

mouth

its

perhaps

away

puffed

it

afraid I

remember things

am,

again,

as

I

and

said,

used

remember

''

So

?

— and things

ivliai

the

"

"I

can't

I

don't

keej:)

the same size for ten minutes together " Can't

hearinsr.

said Alice;

sir,"

after

took

arms,

its

as

w^ithout speak-

you think you're changed, do you

"I'm

wait,

worth

her somethino;

tell

last

might to

else

For some minutes ing,

she could.

she

had nothing

all

down

No," said the Caterpillar.

^'

she

swallowing

Alice,

" !

"

said

the

'How

doth

the

'?

Caterpillar.

"Well, little

busy

I've hee,'

tried

but

to it

say all

!

came

different

Alice replied in a very melancholy voice. *'

Eepeat

'

You are

old,

Father

TVilliam/

said the Caterpillar.

Alice folded her hands, and began

:

"'


; "

CATERPILLAR,

"

You are

old,

63

Father William,'' the young

''And your hair has hecome very

And

yet you. incessantly stand

Do

''

In

you

my "

/

tliiuh,

youtli''

feared

But now

that

it

is

right

Father William replied

I^m

Why, I do

it

it

the hrain

inrfectly sure

again and

I

—

?

to his son, ;

have none,

ecgain."

said,

v-hite

on your head

at your age,

might inpire

man


;

ADVICE FROM A

64

"

You

are old" said the youth, " as I mentioned hefore^

And

have grovm most uncommonhj fat

Yet you turned a hack-somersaidt in at the door

Pray, mhnt

"

In

my

yoitth','

/

kept all

"

By

is

of

thntV

said the sage, as he shook his grey

my

the use of this

A llow me

the reason

to

limhs very supple

ointment sell

you a

0')U

shilling the box "

cou2:>le ?

loehs,


CATEEPILLAR.

"

You

arc

old,''

said the youth, "

65

and your jaws

arc too

weak

For anytliing tougher than suet; Yet you finished the goose, with the hones Pj-ay,

"In my

the

Has

do

to

said his father,

"J

argued each case with

my

youth'!''

And And

how did you manage

muscidar strength, 'which lasted the rest of .

my K

it

lifer

and

the leak

itV

took to the law.

wife ;

gave

to

m,y jaw,

—


ADVICE FROM A

fifi

"

Yop

That your

eye

Yet you balanced

What wade

"I

" one ironhJ

said the youth;

art' old,'"

vas

an yon.

eel

so

a.s

hardly supjpose

steady as ever;

on the end of your nose au-fidlii

rlrrer

V

have answered three questions, and that

Said

Do you Be

his father ;

think of, or

I can I'll

"

dont

rjive

listen all

kick you

day

is

enough''

yourself airs to

—

!

such stuff

dovm stairs!"

'i^


CATERPILLAR. "

That

is

''Not

not said right," said the Caterpillar.

quite

" It is

Tm

right,

"some

timidly;

said

afraid,"

Alice,

of the words have got altered."

wrong from beginning

to end," said the

and there was

decidedly,

Caterpillar

6/

silence

for

some minutes.

The "

Caterpillar

What

replied

felt

said

is

to

"

asked.

it

size,"

Alice

she

the Caterpillar.

nothing

:

all

she

had never been so

her

life

before,

and she

was losing her temper.

Are you content now

?

" Well, I should like to if

as

?

one doesn't like changing

said

contradicted in

that "

;

]3articular

" only

dont know,"

Alice

much

speak.

to

you know."

so often, " I

first

do you want to be

size

"Oh, I'm not hastily

was the

" said

be a

you wouldn't mind," said Alice

the Caterpillar. little :

larger,

" three

sir,

inches

such a Avretched height to be." " It

a very good height indeed

is

Caterpillar

spoke

(it

angrily,

rearing

itself

was exactly three inches

'^ !

said the

upright high).

as

it


ADVICE FROM A

68

"

But

I

Alice in

not

used

piteous

a " I

herself,

'm

wish

to

!

And

tone.

the

"

it

pleaded

thought to

she

wouldn't

creatures

"You'll get used to Caterpillar

;

and

put

it

in

it

the

mouth and began smoking

to speak

said

the

hookah

into

its

again.

took the hookah out of

off the

as

if

mouth and yawned

its

Then

down

mushroom, and crawled away into the

grass,

you grow

"

chose

got

merely remarking as

what

it

In a minute or two the Cater-

again.

once or twice, and shook

"

so

time,"

This time Alice waited patiently until

grow

be

offended."

easily

pillar

ipoor

taller,

it

itself.

"

went,

One

and the other

it

side will

make

make you

side will

shorter."

One ? "

side

of

thouoht Alice to o

Of the mushroom," had asked

she

moment

it

Alice

mushroom

The

ivhat ?

was out

it

of

a

side

of

herself.

said the Caterpillar, just

aloud

;

and

in

another

sio-ht.

remained looking for

other

minute,

thoughtfully trying

to

at

make

the

out


CATERPILLAR.

which were the two round,

perfectly

arms round

"

it

off a bit

And

at

as

herself,

and nibbled a

to try

the

she

her foot

would

which

is

little

?

time to

be

she set to

work

Her

bit.

she

as

lost,

and

said

to

of the right-hand bit

open her mouth

chin

managed

to

;

felt

moment it

;

she

felt

a

had struck

was

there

but she

swallow a

this vej.y

there

that

was no

was shrinking rapidly;

at once

against her foot, that

bit.

her

I

sudden change, but she

other

go,

she

"

She was a good deal frightened by

so

was

difficult

stretched

blow underneath her chin

violent

very

it

edge with each hand.

the next

:

and, as

;

they

as

which

effect

last

far

of the

noAV

it

found this a

she

However,

question.

broke

sides of

69

to

eat

some of the

pressed

so

closely

was hardly room to did

morsel

it

at last,

of the

and

left-hand


ADVICE FROM A

^'

my

" Come,

head's

in

a tone

in

another moment,

could

when

see

mense

when

nowhere

were

length

"

said Alice

!

to

she

found

be

found

her

all

she

:

an im-

seemed

which

neck,

that

was

looked down,

she

of

at last

which changed into alarm

of delight,

shoulders

free

to

rise

like a stalk out of a sea of green leaves that lay

far

below "

"

her.

What can

And where

my

all

have

poor hands,

my

how

shoulders got to

is

it

was moving them about seemed to

?

that green stuff be

follow,

"

said Alice.

?

you

I can't see

as she spoke, but

except a

little

And

oh,

"

She

?

no result

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 that her

to

them, and Avas delighted

to

find

neck would bend about easily in any

She had just succeeded

direction, like a serpent.

in curving

it

down

was going

to

dive

into in

a graceful

among

the

zigzag,

leaves,

and

which

she found to be nothing but the tops of the trees


!

OATEEriLLAR.

under which she had been

had flown

large pigeon

" Serpent

!

"

" Serpent,

I

when hurry

a

:

a a

and was

wings.

its

screamed the Pigeon.

not a serpent

"Let me alone

in

her face,

into

beating her violently with

m

wandering,

made her draw back

sharp hiss

"I

71

I

said Alice indignantly.

"

" !

!

say again

repeated the Pigeon,

''

but in a more subdued tone, and added with a

"I've tried every way, and nothing

kind of sob,

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 There's no pleasing Alice

till

"As

them

was no

those

serpents

" !

was more and more

thought there

more

" but

;

use

in

puzzled,

but she

saying

anything

the Pigeon had finished. if

it

wasn't

trouble

the eggs," said the Pigeon

;

"

enough but

I

hatching

must be on


"

ADVICE FROM A

72

the look-out

had

haven't

I

weeks

night and day

for serpents

a

wink

of

Why,

!

these

sleep

"I'm very

sorry you've been annoyed/' said

who was beginning

Alice,

meaning.

see its

to

''And just as I'd taken the highest

.

wood,"

the

continued

voice to a shriek,

should

I

be

Serpent

Pigeon,

the

''and just

them

of

free

needs come wriggling

as

raising

its

they must

last,

down from

in

was thinking

I

at

tree

the sky

Ugh,

!

" ! ,

"But I'm I

three

!

m

a

"

Well

not a serpent, I I

!

m

tell

you

!

"

said Alice.

a

Whctt are you

" said

?

the Pigeon.

" I

can see you're trying to invent something!" " I

— I'm

doubtfully,

a as

little

she

said

girl,"

remembered

Alice,

rather

number

the

of

changes she had gone through that day. "

a

A

tone

"

likely story indeed

of the

good many

deepest

little

girls in

!

said the Pigeon in

contempt.

my

with such a neck as that

!

"I've

seen a

time, but never one

No, no

!

You 're

a


"

"

CATERPILLAR. serpent

pose

and there's no use denying

;

you'll

eggs,

that you

never

said

Alice,

certainly,"

a very truthful child

quite

eggs

eat

next

sup-

I

it.

!

have tasted

who was

me

be telling

tasted an egg " I

73

much

as

" but little

;

as

serpents

girls

you

do,

know.'^ " I

don 't believe

it,"

they do, Avhy then that's all I

they're

kind

new

silent for a

looking for eggs,

what little

does

" It hastily

it

happens

know

matter

"but I'm ;

and

don't like ''Well,

sulky

I

to

tone,

I

if

them be as

off, it

adding,

that well

if

serpent,

she

"You're

enough

me whether

and

;

you're

a

?

matters a good deal to ;

but

minute or two, which gave

or a serpent

girl

of

"

idea to Alice, that

Pigeon the opportunity of

the

I

a

;

can say."

This was such a

was quite

said the Pigeon

not looking for was, I

said Alice

me,'^

shouldn't

eggs,

as

it

want yours

:

raw."

then!" said the settled

doAvn

Pigeon in

again

into

a its


ADVICE FROM A

74

nest.

well

she

as

a

while

she

held the pieces

remembered

mushroom

of

work very

she set to

and

taller

had succeeded

now

that

it.

she

still

and

hands,

nibbling

at

first

and growing some-

sometimes bringing

in

getting

untwist

in her

carefully,

one and then at the other, times

and

stop

to

kept

and every

branches,

the

had

neck

her

for

she

then

After

could,

among

entangled

and

crouched down among the trees as

Alice

shorter,

down

herself

she

until

to her

usual height. It

near at

was the

first

so long since

right

but

;

got

minutes, and began " Come,

Fm

what

another size

:

all

!

tlie

beautiful

wonder

?"

these

As

my

to

However,

garden

to

I

— how

!

from

Ve

got

is

that

said this,

I

she

!

usual.

How

'm never sure minute

one

get to

to

my

right

into

that

back to to

is,

as

done now

few

a

in

it

herself,

plan

be,

thing

she

used

strange

quite

felt

it

changes are

going

next

had been anything

talking to

half

there's

puzzling

that

size,

she

she

be

done,

I

came suddenly


CATERPILLAR.

upon an open

feet high.

four

"

Alice, size

place,

it'll

why,

:

wits " i

I

with a

"Whoever

75

house in

little

lives

there,"

it

about

thought

never do to come upon them should fiighten

So she began nibbling

them out at the

of

this

their

right-hand

bit again,

and did not venture to go near the

house

till

she had brought herself

inches

liiofh.

down

to

nine


H APT E

C

the

minute or two she stood looking at

a

house,

and

suddenly

Avhen

wondering

footman

a

wood

ning out of the

be a footman because wise, judging

called

him a

with

his

by

fish)

;

had powdered heads.

She

was

about,

to

list^?-*

face

It

him

considered

only,

she

next,

came run-

livery

in

— (she

do

to

to

other-

:

would have

rapped loudly at the door

was

opened

with a round

by

face,

another

and

laro-e

and both footmen, Alice noticed,

hair

felt

^^hat

he was in livery

— and

livery,

eyes like a frog

wood

his

knuckles.

footman in

all

VI.

AND PEPPER.

PIG

For

R

that

curled

very curious to

and crept a

little

all

over

their

know what way

out of

it tlie


pk;

and pepper.

The Fisli-Footman under as

arm

his

himself,

other,

and

saying,

Duchess.

An

a

in

liegan

great this

a

invitation

by producing from

hotter,

he

77

nearly

handed

solemn

tone,

as

over "

large

to

the

For

the

from the Queen to play


AND PEPPER.

PIG

/8

croquet."

The Frog-Footman

same solemn

tone,

words a

little,

the

the

in

changing the order

only "

repeated,

From

An

the Queen.

of

invi-

tation for the Duchess to play croquet."

Then they both bowed

and

their

curls

entans^led too^ether.

o^ot

Alice laughed to

low,

run

back

hearing her

so

into

much

wood

the

that she had

at this,

fear

for

of

their

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.

went

Alice

timidly

up

to

door,

and

knockino;,"

said

tlie

knocked. ''There's

no "'

the Footman,

because

you are a

noise

Fm ;

on

inside,

And

certainl}'

noise

going on

sneezing,

and that

and

for

same

the

secondly,

use in

of

sort

two

side

because

reasons.

of

they're

the

First,

door as

making

sucli

no one could possibly hear you." there

within

everv

most extraordinary

im.s

a

—a

constant

now

and

howling and then

a

great


"

AND PEPPER.

PIG

dish or kettle had been broken to

as if a

crash,

79

pieces. ''Please, then," said Alice,

" There

to her, "

if

we had

instance,

if

you were

and

I

could

let

up

into

looking

and

speaking, "

civil.

to

you

this

" his

;

the time

all

thought

Alice

answer questions.

— How

at

am

any I

it,"

she

nearly

he

rate

to

was

he

un-

decidedly

help

can't

eyes are so very

But

of his

He was

you know."

sky

For

us.

you might knock,

inside,

head.

top

attending

door between

out,

the

without

on,

the

But perhaps he

herself

get in?"

I to

might be some sense in your knock-

Footman went

the

ing,"

"how am

get

said

the

at

might

in ?"

she

repeated, aloud. " I shall sit here,"

the

— to-morrow —

Footman remarked,

"

till

;

At opened,

this

and a large

straight nose,

his trees

moment

at

the

the plate

door

behind him.

house

the

came skimming

Footman s head

and broke

of

:

it

to pieces against

just

out,

grazed

one of the


"

AND TEPPER.

riG

80

"

or next day, in

tinuecl

same

tlie

maybe," the Footman eonexactly

tone,

as

if

nothing

had happened. "

in

How am

get in

to

I

'?

asked Alice again,

"

a louder tone.

"Are you

" That's the first question,

man.

no doubt

It was,

be told

so.

enough

to

only Alice did

:

all

Foot-

you know." not like to

"It's really dreadful," she

"the way

to herself,

said the

get in at all?"

to

muttered

the creatures argue.

drive one crazy

The Footman seemed

It's

!

to

think this

a

good

opportunity for repeating his remark, with varia" I shall

tions.

for

sit

here,"

he

said,

" on and

ofi*,

days and days."

"But what am / "

Anything you

to

like,"

do?"

said Alice.

said the

Footman, and

began whistling. " Oh, there's no use in talking to him," said

Alice desperately

:

"he's perfectly idiotic!"

she opened the door and

The

door

led

right

went into

And

in.

a

large

kitchen.


TLG

wHcli was other stool

:

full

AND PEPPER.

of

in

the

middle,

which seemed

soup

smoke from one end

to

the

the Duchess was sitting on a three-legged

was leaning over the

*'

ยง1

There's Alice

nursing a baby; the

cook

stirring a large cauldron

fire,

to be full of soup.

certainly too

said

to

much pepper

herself,

could for sneezing.

M

as

well

in as

that

she


—

"

AND PEPPER.

PIG

82

There was certainly

Even

air.

and

the

;

too

Duchess

as for the baby,

much

of

sneezed

occasionally

was sneezing and howl-

it

ing alternately without a

was

did not

that

were the cook, and a large

sitting

The

moment's pause.

only two creatures in the kitchen sneeze,

the

in

it

which

cat

on the hearth and grinning from ear

to ear. " Please

tell

me," said

was good manners

your cat grins

why.

that's

She violence

the

that

Alice

Duchess, " and

grin."

didn't ;

word with

last

moment

went on again

grinned

why

Pig I"

quite

that

baby, and not to her,

I

'^

?

like that

said

in another

a

whether

for her to speak first,

" It's a Cheshire cat," said the

"

Alice,

timidly, for she Avas not quite sure

little it

would you

it

so

jumped

;

such

sudden

but she saw

was addressed

to

the

she took courage, and

:

know

in fact,

that

I didn't

Cheshire

know

cats

always

that cats could


;

PIG

"They

AND PEPPER.

"and

Duchess;

the

said

can/'

all

83

most of 'em do/' "I don't know of any that do," very

feeling

politely,

quite pleased

Alice said

have got

to

into a conversation.

" "

You

and

know much/'

don't

that's a fact."

did not

Alice

remark,

and

at

it

tone

would be

to

fix

of soup

cauldron

the

subject

other

While she was trying the

like

all

thought

some

introduce

took

Duchess

said the

of

of

this

well

as

to

conversation.

on one, the cook

off

the

fire,

and at

once set to work throwing everything within her reach

at

irons

came

pans,

plates,

notice of

first

it

baby

—the

fire-

then followed a shower of sauce-

;

and

dishes.

The Duchess took no

them even when they

baby was howling quite

and the

Duchess

the

so

much

impossible to say

hit her

and the

;

already, that

it

was

whether the blows hurt

or not.

"Oh, please mind what you're doing!" Alice,

jumping

up

and

down

in

an

cried

agony of


"Oh, there goes

terror. rai

AND PEPPER.

PIG

84

his precz'oz^b- nose!"

unusually large saucepan flew close by

very nearly carried ''If

it

it,

as

and

ofll

everybody minded their

own

business/'

the Duchess said in a hoarse growl,

"the world

would go round a deal

faster

does."

"Which would

be

Alice,

who

felt

You

it

ofi"

" Just

knowleds^e.

would make with the day twenty-four

see the earth takes

hours to turn round on "

an advantage/' said

of her

little

think what work !

it

very glad to get an opportunity

of showing: off a

and night

not

than

its

"

axis

Talking of axes," said the Duchess,

"

chop

her head!" Alice glanced rather anxiously at the cook, to

meant

see if she

was busily

to take

the hint

stirring the soup,

and seemed not

be listening, so she went on again hours, I

think;

or

is

it

twelve?

"Oh, don't bother me," never could abide figures

!

"

but the cook

;

:

" Twenty-four I

"

said the Duchess;

And

to

"I

with that she

began nursing her child again, singing a

sort of


— PIG lullaby to

it

AND PEPPER.

Speak roughly

to

85

and giving

as slie did so,

shake at the end of every line

"

your

a violent

it

:

little

hoy.

And heat Jmn when he sneezes: He only does it to annoy, Because he knows

it

teasesJ'

Chorus. (In

which the cook and the baby joined) " Woiv !

wow !

iDow !

:

"

While the Duchess sang the second verse of the song, she kept tossing the baby violently

and down, and the poor

little

thing howled

that Alice could hardly hear the words

"/

speak, severely

I

heat

him

For he can

to

my

hoy,

lohen he sneezes;

thorouglily enjoy

The pepper when he pleases

Choeus. "

Wow

!

wow ! wow ! "

I

"

:

up so,


PIG "

Here

may

you

!

AND PEPPER, nurse

Duchess said to

the

after her as she went,

as

out

its

like

a

thing

but

arms and star-fish,"

was

legs

in

like

the first

The poor

and kept doubling

she could do to hold

As soon of

nursing

as she it,

"just little

when

steam-engine

a

minute or two,

and held

directions,

all

up and

itself

straightening itself out again, so that for

hurried

difficulty,

creature,

little

thought Alice.

snorting it,

altogether,

was as much

it

ear

undoing air.

and

itself,)

as

it.

had made out the proper way

(which was to twist

it

up

into

a sort of knot, and then keep tight hold of right

to

just missed her.

it

caught the baby with some

caught

she

the baby at

Queen," and she

was a queer-shaped

it

!

The cook threw a frying-pan

of the room.

Alice

like

must go and get ready

play croquet with the out

''

you

bit, if

Alice, flinging

" I

her as she spoke.

a

it

left

foot,

she carried

so it

as

to

prevent

its its

out into the open

" If I don't take this child

thought Alice, "they're sure to

away with me," kill

it

in

a

day


AND PEPPER.

PIG

two

or

hind the

?

wouldn't

:

be murder to leave

it

She said the

"

little

Alice;

last

not at

"that's

had

(it

Don t

"

time).

this

left

grunt/'

way

a proper

all

be-

it

words out loud, and

thing grunted in reply

by

sneezing

87

off

said

of ex-

pressing yourself."

The baby grunted very anxiously into matter with it

its

again,

what was the

face to see

There could

it.

and Alice looked

be

no doubt that

had a very turn-up nose, much more than

snout getting

a

real

nose

also

;

:

altogether

Alice did not like the look of the thing

"But perhaps

it

its

my

turn into a pig,

now

eyes

again, to see

if

tears.

!

"

grunted,

there

dear,"

"If you're going to said Alice,

seriously,

have nothing more to do with you.

'11

all.

tears.

No, there were no

" I

at

was only sobbing," she thought,

and looked into were any

were

eyes

its

extremely small for a baby

like a

The poor it

was

little

thing

impossible

to

Mind

sobbed again say

which),

they went on for some while in silence.

(or

and


AND PEPPER.

PIG

88

Alice was just beginning to think to herself, "

am

Now, what

when

get

I

it

do

to

I

home

'?

"

with

Avhen

creature

this

grunted again,

it

so violently, that she

down

looked

some alarm.

in

face

into its

This time there could

be no mistake about it

was

it

:

more nor

neither

than

less

and she

a pig, that

would

it

felt

be

quite absurd for her to

it

any

fur-

gl^e

set

the

carry

ther.

''4Wf^^^^^ÂŁu^^^ creature

little

see it

it

trot

had grown

•

''^ '

^

down, and

away up,"'

quietly

go felt

into

quite

the wood.

a

to " If

she said to herself, "it would

have made a dreadfully ugly child rather

relieved

handsome

pig, I

think."

:

but

And

it

makes

she be-

gan thinking over other children she knew, who


AND PEPPEE.

PIG

might do very well ing to herself, "

"

when

bough of a

tree a

The Cat

only

few yards grinned

looked good-natured,

that

little

sitting

on a

when

saw

Alice.

it

she thought

still

:

many

teeth,

ought to be treated with

it

a

off.

very long claws and a great felt

was

she

by seeing the Cheshire Cat

startled

It

and was just say-

as pigs,

one only knew the right way

if

them

change

to

89

had

it

so she

respect.

" Cheshire Puss," she began, rather timidly,

she did not

name

the

"Come,

:

at

however,

I

"

know whether it

"

it

only grinned a

pleased so

it's

she went on,

way

all

far,"

Would you

little

like

wider.

thought Alice,

tell

ought to go from here

would

as

and

me, please, which

'^

I

That depends a good deal on where you want

to get to," said the Cat.

"

I

don't

"Then

it

much

care

doesn't

where matter

" said Alice.

which

way you

go," said the Cat.

" as

so long as I get somewhere,'' Alice

an explanation.

added


"

PIG

90

"Oh, you're " if

;

AND PEPPER.

sure to do

the

that/' said

Cat,

you only walk long enough." Alice felt that this could not be denied, so she

another

tried

''

question.

What

sort

people

of

about here ?"

live

" In that

right

paw

" lives a

round,

Visit either

"But

Hatter

:

waving

and

in

its

that

waving the other paw, "lives a March

direction,"

Hare.

direction," the Cat said,

I don't

you

want

like

they're both mad."

:

to go

among mad

people,"

Alice remarked. " Oh,

"we're

you

can't

mad

all

heljD

that,"

I'm mad.

here.

said

the

Cat

You're mad."

"

How

do you know I'm

mad

?" said Alice.

"

You

must

the

Cat,

said

be,"

:

" or

you

wouldn't have come here." Alice

didn't

think

however, she went on that you're "

" I

You

:

proved

it

at

all

And how do you know

mad?"

To begin with,"

mad.

tha,t

"

grant that

suppose

said the ?

so," said

Alice.

Cat, " a dog's not


PIG

AND PEPPER.

91

-Well, then," the Cat

went

see a

on, ''you

growls

when

and wags

it's

its tail

dog

angry,

when

it's

Now / growl when Fm pleased, and wag my

pleased.

tail

when Fm angry. ThereI'm mad."

fore

" ^fe-T-

I

call it purring,

not

growling," said Alice. fc>

" Call

said

the

it

what you

Cat.

play croquet with the Queen to-day?''

like,"

"Do you


—

"I should I

AND PEPPEK.

PIG

92

like

very much," said Alice, "hut

it

haven't been invited yet."

"You'll

me

see

said

there,"

the

and

Cat,

vanished.

much

Alice was not

so well used

getting

While she was

had been,

it

surprised at this, she was

queer things happening.

to

looking at the place where

still

it

suddenly appeared again.

"By-the-bye, what became of the baby?" said "I'd nearly forgotten to ask."

the Cat. " It

turned into

quietly, just as natui'al

"

I

if

answered very

Alice

a pig,"

Cat had come back in a

the

way.

thought

would,"

it

the

said

Cat,

and

vanished again. Alice waited a again, but

or

the

it

did not appear,

two she walked on

March Hare was

hatters before," she

Hare

will

half

little,

be

perhaps as this

after a

to

live.

to herself

the

May

and

it

it

minute

the direction in which

said

said

much is

in

expecting to see

most

:

"

Fve

" the

March

interesting,

won't be raving

seen

and

mad


PTG

AND PEPPEK.

y3

-

at least not so

said

she

this,

again, sitting

mad

as it

was

on a branch of a

she

tree.

pig, or iigl" said the Cat.

" I said pig," replied Alice

'' ;

and

I

wish you

keep appearing and vanishing so sud-

wouldn't :

As

in March.''

looked up, and there was the Cat

"Did you say

denly

]n.'.

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

some time

after the rest of

grin, it

which remained

had gone.


"

"

PIG

94

!

AND PEPPER.

"Well! IVe often seen a thought

Alice

my

life

She

came

;

cat without a grin/'

grin

a

most curious

the

It's

" but

thing

I

without ever

saw

cat in

all

!

much

had not gone

in

sight of the

she thought

before

and the roof

ears

was thatched with

was

so large

did not

fur.

It

go nearer

like to

:

right house, because

like

slie

she

house of the March Hare

must be the

it

farther

the chimneys were shaped

that

a

a house,

she

till

had

nibbled some more of the left-hand bit of mush-

room, and raised herself to about two feet high

even

then

timidly,

she

saying

be raving^ to see the

mad

up

walked to

herself,

after all!

Hatter instead

I !

towards "

Suppose

:

it

rather

it

should

almost wish I'd oone


CHAPTER

VII.

A MAD TEA-PARTY.

There was

a

table

front of the house,

Hatter were

elbows on

a

Dormouse was

fast

asleep,

and the other

a

cushion,

having tea at

two were using it,

it

out mider a tree in

and the March Hare and the

between them,

sitting

set

as

it

:

and talking over

its

resting

their "

head.

Very

uncomfortable for the Dormouse," thought Alice "only, as

The all

it's

table

asleep, I suppose it doesn't

was a

room Alice

!

No room coming.

"

mind."

large one, but the three were

crowded together at one corner of !

;

it

:

"

No

they cried out when they saw

"There's plenty of room!" said


A MAD TEA-PARTY.

96

Alice indigiiantl}',

and she

down

sat

a

in

large

arm-chair at one end of the table. "

Have some wme,"

March Hare

the

said in

an encouraging tone. Alice looked

nothing on

all

but

it

round the tea.

but there was

table,

" I don't

see

any wine,"

she remarked. " There isn't any,"* said the "

Then

it

March Hare.

wasn't very civil of you to offer

it,"

said Alice angrily. " It

Avasn't

very

civil

you

of

Alice;

knoAv

didn't "it's

laid

for

was

it

a

great

down

sit

March Hare.

^vithout beino- invited," said the

" I

to

your

table,"

said

many more

than

three."

"Your

He had with

hair

wants cutting," said the Hatter.

been looking

great

at

Alice

and

curiosity,

this

for

some

time

his

first

was

speech. "

You

remarks,"

should xAlice

very rude."

learn said

not

with

to

some

make

personal

severity

:

" it's


"

MAD TEA-PARTY

A

97

m^ The Hatter opened hearing this

but

;

all

his

he said was,

raven like a writing-desk "

we

Come,

thought Alice. ing

riddles.

—

I

very

eyes

AVhy

some

fun

a

is

now

"I'm glad they've begun believe

on

wide

?

have

shall

'^

can

I

guess

that,"

'^ !

ask-

she

added aloud. "

out

Do you mean

tliQ

answer to

that you think you can find it ?

"

said

" Exactly so," said Alice.

the

March Hare.


A MAD TEA-PARTY.

98

"

Then you should say what you mean,"

March Hare went

"I

on.

Alice

do,"

say

I

"at least

replied;

hastily

mean what

least I

the

—

—

at

same thing,

that's the

you know."

"Not "

the same thing a bit!

Why, you might

what see

eat'

I

said the Hatter.

well say that

just as

the same thing as

is

I

'

see

I

'

what

eat

I

!

"

You might

same thing "

as

I

'

You might

who

Dormouse, sleep,

*'

'

get what just

'

" It is

I

the

Hatter, and

party

thought

over

to

when

when

like

I

I

the

added

the

' !

silent all

for

she

a

same

" '

!

minute,

could

his

in

sleep' is the

conversation

the

'

"

talking

breathe

the

is

get

I

say,"

be

added

same thing with you,"

here

sat

I

well

as

seemed

sleep

say,"

what

like

I

that 'I breathe

thing as

well

as

just

" that

March Hare,

the

"

said

and

dropped, while

remember

the

Alice

about

ravens and writing-desks, which wasn't much.

The Hatter was the

first

to

break the

silence.


A MAD TEA-PARTY, "

What day

ing to

Alice

he

said, turn-

he had taken his watch out of

:

now and

every

it

it ? "

is

and was looking at

his pocket,

ing

month

of the

99

shak-

uneasily,

it

and holding

then,

it

to

his ear.

considered

Alice

a

and

little,

''

said,

The

fourth."

"

Two you

told

days wrong

"

sighed the

!

wouldn't

butter

added, looking angrily at the

was

"It

meekly

I

he

"

March Hare. March

butter," the

best

!

Hare

replied.

" Yes,

as

the

works

the

suit

"

Hatter.

have put

it

crumbs must have got

Hatter grumbled

the

well,"

some

but

" you

:

in

shouldn't

with the bread-knife."

in

The March Hare took the watch and looked at

of

it

gloomily

tea,

think

and of

remark, "

:

looked at

nothing It

dipped

then he

was the

again

it

better

it

to

:

say

best butter,

into

cup

his

but he

could

than his

first

you know."

Alice had been looking over his shoulder with

some

curiosity.

"

What

a

funny watch

" !

she


"

MAD TEA-PARTY.

A

lOU

remarked.

" It tells the

doesn't

what o'clock

tell

''Why

should

Of course

"but

tell

is

it

!

muttered

it?"

"Does your watch "

day of the month, and

the

you what year

Hatter.

is?"

it

Alice replied very readily

not,"

that's because

stays

it

the

same year

:

for

such a long time together."

"Which

just

is

the

case

with

mine,''

said

the Hatter.

Alice

felt

dreadfully

remark seemed to her in

and yet

it,

it

puzzled.

The

Hatter's

have no sort of meaning

to

was certainly English.

"

don't

I

quite understand you," she said, as politely as she could.

"

The Dormouse

and he jjoured a

ter,

Dormouse

The and of

is

little

shook

;

just

what

I

hot tea on its

without opening

said,

course

asleep again," said the Hat-

its

its

nose.

head impatiently, eyes, "

was going

Of

course,

to

remark

myself." *

H ive

Hatter

said,

you

guessed

the

riddle

turning to Alice again.

yet

?

"

the


"

A MAD TEA-PARTY.

"No,

give

I

Alice

replied: ''what's

"

the answer

"I

up,"

it

101

?

haven't

the

slightest

said

idea,"

the

Hatter. I," said

the

Alice

sighed

wearily.

do something ''

March Hare.

*'Nor

better

wasting

than

it

"I think

with

the

in asking

yon

time," riddles

might

she

said,

that

have

no answers." "If you knew Time the

Hatter, It's

it.

" I "

I

as I

talk

about

"you wouldn't

Of

't

know what you mean,"

course his

you

head

don't

!

the

"

do,"

said

wasting

to

Time

said Alice.

Hatter " I

contemptuously.

you never even spoke "

well

him."

don

tossing

as

dare

1

have

to

when

time

beat

say

!

Perhaps not," Alice cautiously replied

know

said,

:

I

" but learn

music." "

Ah

!

that accounts for

"He

won't stand

kept

on

beating.

good terms

with

it," *

said the

Now,

him,

if

he'd

Hatter.

you

only

do almost


"

MAD TEA-PARTY.

A

102

anything you stance, suppose ing, just

in

dinner

the

were nine o

it

you

:

Half-past

!

'd

in-

morn-

only have

and round goes the

to Time,

twinkling

a

For

clock.

'clock in the

time to begin lessons

to whisper a hint

clock

with

liked

time

one,

for

!

only wish

(" I

it

was," the

March Hare

said

to itself in a whisper.) "

That would he grand, certainly," said Alice

thoughtfully: for

it,

''but then

hungry

shouldn't be

you know."

"Not

at

first,

you could keep you

—I

perhaps," said the Hatter: "but

one

half-past

to

it

long as

as

liked."

" Is

that

way

the

you

manage

"

Alice

'i

asked.

The Hatter shook I

!

"

he replied.

just before he

ing "

with it

his

was

"

his

We

head mournfully.

quarrelled last

at the

Queen of Hearts, and

at

the

had

March (point-

March

Hare,)

great concert I

Not

"

went mad, you know teaspoon

"

to sing

given by the


103

A MAD TEA-PARTY.

vJ''^:ry''^^^~^r^-^

*

Twinkle, twinkle,

How I You know the " I 've

hat!

wonder what you're

song,

way *

Up

:

at

T

perhaps?"

heard something like

" It goes on,

" in this

little

it,"

said Alice.

you know/' the Hatter continued,

— above the world you fly,

Like a teatray in the

sky.

Twinkle, twinkle

Here

the

Dormouse shook

itself,

and began


!

A MAD TEA-PARTY.

104

singing in

its

tivinkle

"

to

pinch

it

'*Well, said the '

" Twinkle,

sleep

and went on

make

to

I'd

it

hardly ''

ITatter,

when

Off"

!

How

dreadfully

savage

*'

And

ever

that,"

always

It's

A

six

bright

"

that the reason so

first

verse,"

" !

out,

with his head

" !

'

exclaimed Alice.

the Hatter went on

he won't do a thing

o'clock

idea

the

Queen bawled

the

"

mournful tone,

had

so long that they

finished

since

twinkle,

stop.

He's murdering the time

in a

twinkle,

I

ask

now."

came

into

many

tea-things

head.

Alice's

are

"Is

put out

here ?" she asked. " Yes, that "it's

always

's

it,"

said the Hatter with a sigh

tea-time,

and

no

we've

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

again

'^

?

when do

3

ou

come

Alice ventured to ask.

to

the

beginning


;:

A MAD TEA-PARTY. " Suppose

we change

"I'm

"I'm

young lady

vote the

I

afraid

I

March

the subject/' the

Hare interrupted, yawning. of this.

105

tired

us a story."

tells

know

don't

getting

one,"

said

Alice,

rather alarmed at the proposal.

" "

Then the Dormouse

Wake

up,

!

shall

And

"

Dormouse

!

they both

"

cried.

they pinched

it

on

both sides at once.

The Dormouse slowly opened wasn't

asleep," he

" I heard every " Tell us

said in

word you

a story

" !

his

" I

eyes.

a hoarse, feeble voice fellows were saying."

said

the

March Hare.

"Yes, please do!" pleaded Alice. "

"or

And

added the Hatter,

it,"

you'll be asleep again before it's done."

"

Once upon a time there were

sisters,"

"

be quick about

the

Dormouse began

and their names were

and they lived

"What always

took

did a

at the

little

great hurry

Lacie,

Elsie,

and

'?

interest

eating and drinking. p

" said

in

;

Tillie

bottom of a well

they live on great

in a

three

"

Alice,

questions

who of


"

A MAD TEA-PAllTY.

1U<>

"

They

lived

after thinking a

"They

minute or two. have done

couldn't

Alice gently remarked ''

an

such

but

like,

on

"

:

that,

a well

tried

a

ill."

''very

;

ill."

fancy to herself what

to

little

way

extraordinary it

you know,"

" they'd have been

:

So they were," said the Dormouse

Alice

Dormouse,

said the

treacle,"

uii

of

would be

living

puzzled her too much, so she went

But why did they

at

live

bottom of

the

1

"Take some more

tea,"

the

March Hare

said

to Alice, very earnestly. ''

I've

had nothing

offended tone, "so "

"it's

replied

in

an

can't take more."

I

You mean you

Hatter:

yet," Alice

very

take

can't

easy

to

said the

lesSy'

take

more

than

nuthino'." o **

Nobody asked your

"Who's making

opinion," said Alice.

personal remarks

now?"

the

Hatter asked triumphantly.

this

Alice

did

not

so

she

helped

:

quite

know what

herself

to

some

to

say to tea

and


"

A MAD TEA-PAKTY. and

bread-and-butter,

then

and repeated

mouse,

107

turned

to

"

her question.

they live at the bottom of a well

Why

about

think

and

it,

then

did

?

The Dormouse again took a minute to

Dor-

the

or

" It

said,

two

was a

treacle-well."

no such thing!'' Alice was begin-

''There's

ning very angrily, but the Hatter and the March

Hare went "

remarked,

be

nantly.

these

to draw,

"

\

"

and the Dormouse

you can

" !

you

interrupt

t

be

civil,

sulkily

you'd better

Alice said very again.

I

humbly

:

dare say there

07ieJ'

" One,

so

K

sh

!

No, please go on

" I won't

may

Sh

the story for yourself."

finish "

''

indeed

"

said

!

the

Dormouse

However, he consented to go three

little

sisters

did

"And

were learning

"

you know

What

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;they

on.

indig-

they

draw

'?

"

said

Alice,

quite

forgetting her promise. " Treacle,"

said

the Dormouse, without consi-

derino' at all this time.


â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

"

"

A MAD TEA-PARTY.

108

"I want a clean cup," interrupted the Hatter: " let's all

move one

He moved on him

followed

Dormouse's

:

took the place

as he spoke,

the

place,

place on."

and the Dormouse

March Hare moved and

of the

Alice

into the

unwillingly

rather

March Hare.

The Hatter

was the only one who got any advantage from the change

:

and Alice was a good deal worse

than before, as the March

off

Hare had just upset

the milk-jug into his plate.

Alice

did she

not wish

began

again,

so

don't

understand.

from

treacle "

Where

You can draw water

draw "

very

cautiously

did

Dormouse

the

offend

;

out of a water-well,"

" so I should think

treacle out of a treacle-well

But they were in the

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

you could

eh, stupid

w^ell,'"

Alice

?

said to this

last

remark. "

Of course they were,"

"well

in."

I

draw the

they

Dormouse, not choosing to notice

the

"But

:

?

the Hatter

said

to

said the

Dormouse,


A MAD TEA-PAirrY._

ivy

This answer so confused poor Alice, let

Dormouse go on

the

interrupting "

was

an

very sleepy

getting

of things

M

"

;

Why "Why

that

it

all

with

begins

M

I

"

said Alice.

not?" said the March Hare. silent.

The Dormouse

had

and was going

closed into

off

being pinched by the Hatter, a

little

M, such

memory,

moon, and

you say things are you ever muchness

see

such

eyes

its

a doze

muchness

much

a

thing

of a as

this

but,

"

as mouse-traps,

and ^

;

by

on

woke up again

it

and went on:

shriek,

begins w^th an

that

and the

—you

muchness a

know '

— did

drawing of a

V

"Really,

much

for

and they drew

— everything

with an

Alice was

with

eyes,

its

"

"

time,

draw," the Dormouse

to

yawning and rubbing

on,

manner

some time without

for

it.

They were learning

went

that she

now you

confused, "

T

ask

me," said Alice, very

don't think

"


A

no 'â&#x20AC;˘

.

MAI) TEA-PARTY.

Then you shouldrrt

walked

bear

she

:

the

off;

got

up

in great

Dormouse

fell

going,

and

disgust,

asleep instantly,

and neither of the others took the

of her

Hatter.

was more than Alice

This piece of rudeness

could

said the

talk,"

least

notice

though she looked back once

twice, half hoping that they

would

call after

or

her

:

the last time she saw them, they were trying to

put the Dormouse into the teapot.

"At any

rate

111

never

o;o

there again!" said


A MAD TEA-PARTY. as

"It's

the

all

my the

tea-party

stupidest

life

she

as trees

" !

"

think

may

And

I

in

manage

to

the

better

little

this

glass

she

time,"

unlocking

led

Then she

set to

that

work nibbling

(she

had kept a piece of

she

was about a the at

little

last

foot

passage in

it.

But everywell

as

the

it

high :

"Now,

table.

little

door

into

herself in the long hall,

and began by taking the the

I

one

in she went.

Once more she found

herself

at

that

she thought.

to-day.

go in at once."

close

she noticed

said this,

had a door leading right

thing's curious

down

was

ever

I

\

" That's very curious

and

the wood.

"

Just of

way through

she picked her

Alice

Ill

said

and

herself,

golden key, and into

the

at the

her

in :

to

I'll

then then

beautiful

garden.

mushroom

pocket) she

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; she

garden,

till

walked found

among

the bright flower-beds and the cool fountains.


CHAPTER THE

A

Large

the garden

but

:

curious

them,

rose-tree

them thing,

and

CROQUET-GROUXD.

stood near the entrance of

the roses growing on

were

there

painting

QUEÂŁ^''S

YIIL

just

three

red.

gardeners

Alice

went nearer

to

as

she

came

them

help

On which Seven Five

!

busily

it,

she

tone; "Seven jogged

right,

at

thought this a very

"

up

to

watch she

Look out now. Five

Don't go splashing paint over me couldn't

were white,

and

heard one of them say,

" I

it

it,"

said

my

elbow."

like

Five,

looked up and

that

in

said,

a

!

" !

sulky

"That's

Always lay the blame on others

" !


â&#x20AC;&#x201D; THE QUEEN "

S

You'd better not

CTvOQUET-GROUND. talk

!"

113

" I heard

said Five.

the Queen say only yesterday you deserved to be !"

beheaded

"What

for?"

had spoken

first.

none

"That's of your

Two

who

the one

said

!"

business,

said Seven.

" Yes,

business Five,

!

his

it is

said

"

"and

111

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

tell

him

it

was

for

bringing

the

cook tulip-roots

'-^

in-

-_ Wa^7iA^., ^<</

stead of onions."

Seven

down all

his

brush,

unjust

the

to fall

fluno;

upon

and he

and had just begun,

things

Alice,

checked

looked round

also,

as

''

when

eye

his

chanced

she stood watching them,

himself

and

" Well, of

all

Q

suddenly of

:

the

them bowed

others low.


"

IH

THE QUEEN

"Would you a

Two

Two.

began,

in

see,

Miss,

you

is,

been a red

painting

are

and

;

we should

she

comes,

who

had

been

garden,

called

to

we put

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

we

At

"

anxiously

out

Why,

many

upon

" The

off,

it

you

re

doing our

best,

this

moment

Five,

looking

Queen

their faces.

footste^ps,

the

a white one

!

across

the

The Queen

and the three gardeners instantly threw selves flat

at

the Queen was to find

if

Miss,

see,

afore

of

those

here ought to have

this

and

"

have our heads cut

all

So you

know.

low voice,

a

rose-tree,

by mistake

out,

Alice,

and Seven said nothing, but looked

Five

in

said

V

roses

fact

please,"

why you

"

timidly,

little

me,

tell

S

!

them-

There was a sound

and Alice looked round, eager

to see the Queen.

First

were

and

all

flat,

came ten shaped

soldiers

like

over

clubs

;

these

the three gardeners, oblong

with their hands and feet at the corners

next the ten courtiers all

carrying

with

;

diamonds,

these

were

:

ornamented

and walked two

and


CEOQUET-GROUND. two, as

hand

in

hanr],

in

mented

with

mostly

Kings

couples

and

in

everything that was

Hearts, carrying the velvet cushion cession,

came

King

the

guests,

among them

and

it

:

manner,

folloAved s

and, last of

;

came

orna-

all

was

talk-

smilino^

at

and went by without

said,

Then

her.

along

merrily

White Eabbit

hurried nervous

a

noticinor

Queens,

and

them,

of

they were

:

Next

hearts.

Alice recoOTiised the ino'

ten

came jumping

dears

little

were

there

;

came the

After these

did.

soldiers

children

royal

the

tlie

115

Knave

the

of

crown on a crimson all

this

grand pro-

THE KING AND QUEEN OF

HEARTS. was rather doubtful whether she ought

Alice

not

to

lie

gardeners,

down but

she

on

her

could

face

not

like

the

remember

having heard of such a rule at processions besides,

;

ever "

and

what would be the use of a procession,"

thought she, " their

three

faces,

so

if

people had

that

she stood where

all

to

lie

they couldn't see

she was, and waited.

down on it

V

So


"

THE QUEEN

Un

When they

Queen it

and

stopped

Knave

looked

"Who

said severely,

the

to

came opposite

the procession

all

8

is

at

her,

xVlice,

and the She said

this?"

who

of Hearts,

to

only bowed and

smiled in reply. " Idiot

"

impatiently

;

Queen, tossing her head

the

said

!

she went on,

and, turning to Alice,