THE GARDEN OF LIVE FLOWERS. 43
For some minutes Alice stood without speaking, looking out in all directions over the country —and a most curious country it was. There were a number of tiny little brooks running straight across it from side to side, and the ground between was divided up into squares by a number of little green hedges, that reached from brook to brook.
"I declare it's marked out just like a large chess-board ! " Alice said at last. " There ought
to be some men moving about somewhere------and
so there are! " she added in a tone of delight, and her heart began to beat quick with excitement as she went on. "It's a great huge game of chess
that's being played------all over the world------if
this is the world at all, you know. Oh, what fun it is ! How I wish I was one of them ! I wouldn't
mind being a Pawn, if only I might join------though
of course I should like to be a Queen, best."
She glanced rather shyly at the real Queen as she said this, but her companion only smiled pleasantly, and said, " That's easily managed. You can be the White Queen's Pawn, if you like, as Lily's too young to play; and you're in the Second Square to begin with: when you get to
the Eighth Square you'll be a Queen------" Just
at this moment, somehow or other, they began to run.