62 TWEEDLEDUM AND TWEEDLEDEE.
"Then you'd better not fight to-day," said Alice, thinking it a good opportunity to make peace.
" We must have a bit of a fight, but I don't care about going on long," said Tweedledum. "What's the time now ? "
Tweedledee looked at his watch, and said "Half-past four."
" Let's fight till six, and then have dinner," said Tweedledum.
" Very well," the other said, rather sadly: "and
she can watch us------only you'd better not come
very close," he added: " I generally hit everything I can see------when I get really excited."
" And I hit everything within reach," cried Tweedledum, "whether I can see it or not!"
Alice laughed. " You must hit the trees pretty often, I should think," she said.
Tweedledum looked round him with a satisfied smile. "I don't suppose," he said, "there'll be a tree left standing, for ever so far round, by the time we've finished !"
" And all about a rattle! " said Alice, still hoping to make them a little ashamed of fighting for such a trifle.
"I shouldn't have minded it so much," said Tweedledum, " if it hadn't been a new one."