Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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44 THE GARDEN OF LIVE FLOWERS.
Alice never could quite make out, in thinking it over afterward, how it was that they began: all she remembers is, that they were running hand in hand, and the Queen went so fast that it was all she could do to keep up with her: and still the Queen kept crying "Faster! Faster!" but Alice felt she could not go faster, though she had no breath left to say so.
The most curious part of the thing was, that the trees and the other things round them never changed their places at all: however fast they went, they never seemed to pass anything.- "I wonder if all the things move along with us?" thought poor puzzled Alice. And the Queen seemed to guess her thoughts, for she cried, " Faster! Don't try to talk! "
Not that Alice had any idea of doing that. She felt as if she would never be able to talk again, she was getting so much out of breath: and still the Queen cried " Faster! Faster! " and dragged her along. " Are we nearly there ? " Alice man­aged to pant out at last.
" Nearly there ! " the Queen repeated. " Why, we passed it ten minutes ago ! Faster! " And they ran on for a time in silence, with the wind whistling in Alice's ears, and almost blowing her hair off her head, she fancied.
"Now! Now!" cried the Queen. "Faster!