Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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LOOKING-GLASS INSECTS.                    55
brook we have to jump over." Everybody seemed satisfied with this, though Alice felt a little nerv­ous at the idea of trains jumping at all. "How­ever, it'll take us into the Fourth Square, that's some comfort!" she said to herself. In another moment she felt the carriage rise straight up into the air, and in her fright she caught at the thing nearest to her hand, which happened to be the Goat's beard.
But the beard seemed to melt away as she touched it, and she found herself sitting quietly
under a tree------while the Gnat (for that was the
insect she had been talking to) was balancing it­self on a twig just over her head, and fanning her with its wings.
It certainly was a very large Gnat: " about the size of a chicken," Alice thought. Still, she couldn't feel nervous with it, after they had been talking together so long.
"------then you don't like all insects?" the Gnat
went on, as quietly as if nothing had happened.
" I like them when they can talk," Alice said. "None of them ever talk, where /gome from."