Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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"You might make a Joke on that," said the little Voice close tO her ear? " something about' you wouldlt you could,' you know."
" Don't tease so," said Alice, looking about in vain to see where the voice came from ; "if you're so anxious to have a joke made, why don't you make one yourself?"
The little voice sighed deeply: it was very un­happy, evidently, and Alice would have said some­thing pitying to comfort it, " if it would only sigh like other people!" she thought. But this was such a wonderfully small sigh, that she wouldn't have heard it at all, if it hadn't come quite close to her ear. The consequence of this was that it tickled her ear very much, and quite took off her thoughts from the unhappiness of the poor little creature.
"I know you are a friend," the little Voice Went On; "adear friend, and an old friend. And you won't hurt me, though I am an insect."
" What kind of insect? " Alice inquired a little anxiously. What she really wanted to know was, whether it could sting or not, but she thought this wouldn't be quite a civil question to ask.
•■what, then you don't—" the little voice began, when it was drowned by a shrill scream from the engine, and everybody jumped up in alarm, Alice among the rest.
The Horse, who had put his head out of the window, quietly drew it in and said, " It's only a