Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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56
LOOKING-GLASS INSECTS.
" What sort of insects do you rejoice in, where you come from ? " the Gnat inquired.
" I don't rejoice in insects at all," Alice ex­plained, "because I'm rather afraid of them—at least the large kinds. But I can tell you the names of some of them."
"Of course they answer to their names?" the Gnat remarked carelessly.
"I never knew them do it."
" What's the use of their having names," the Gnat said, "if they won't answer to them?"
" No use to them," said Alice; " but it's useful to the people that name them, I suppose. If not, why do things have names at all?"-
"I can't say," the Gnat replied. "Further on,
in the wood down there, they've got no names------
however, go on with your list of insects, you're wasting time."
" Well, there's the Horse-fly," Alice began, counting off the names oil her fingers.
"All right," said the Gnat: "half way up that bush, you'll see a Rocking-horse fly, if you look. It's made entirely of wood, and gets about by swinging itself from branch to branch."
" What does it live on ? " Alice asked, with great curiosity.
" Sap and sawdust," said the Gjiat. " Go on with the list."