Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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"Where do you come from?" said the Red Queen. " And where are you going ? Look up, speak nicely, and don't twiddle your ringers all the time."
Alice attended to all these directions, and ex­plained, as well as she could, that she had lost her way.
" I don't know what you mean by your way," said the Queen : " all the ways about here belong
to me------but why did you come out here at all ? "
she added in a kinder tone. " Curtesy while you're thinking what to say. It saves time."
Alice wondered a little at this, but she was too much in awe of the Queen to disbelieve it. " I'll try it when I go home," she thought to herself, " the next time I'm a little late for dinner."
" It's time for you to answer now," the Queen said, looking at her watch : " open your mouth a little wider when you speak, and always say ' your Majesty.'"
" I only wanted to see what the garden was like, your'Majesty------"
" That's right," said the Queen, patting her on the head, which Alice didn't like at all: " though, when you say 'garden,'—I've seen gardens, com­pared with which this would be a wilderness."
Alice didn't dare to argue the point, but went