Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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" Now then ! Show your ticket, child !" the Guard went on, looking angrily at Alice. And a great many voices all said together ("like the chorus of a song," thought Alice), "Don't keep him waiting, child! Why, his time is worth a thousand pounds a minute ! "
"I'm afraid I haven't got one," Alice said in a frightened tone: " there wasn't a ticket-office where I came from." And again the chorus of voices went on. " There wasn't room for one where she came from. The land there is worth a thousand pounds an inch! "
"Don't make excuses," said the Guard: "you should have bought one from the engine-driver." And once more the chorus of voices went on with "The man that drives the engine. Why, the smoke alone is worth a thousand pounds a puff!"
Alice thought to herself, " Then there's no use in speaking." The voices didn't join in this time, as she hadn't spoken, but, to her great surprise, they all thought in chorus (I hope you understand what thinking in chorus means------for I must con­fess that I don't), " Better say nothing at all. Language is worth a thousand pounds a word ! "
"I shall dream about a thousand pounds to­night, I know I shall! " thought Alice.
All this time the Guard was looking at her, first through a telescope, then through a microscope,