Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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WOOL AND WATER.                         89
with each "better," till it got quite to a squeak at last.
Alice was just beginning to say " There's a
mistake somewhere------," when the Queen began
screaming, so loud that she had to leave the sentence unfinished. " Oh, oh, oh! " shouted the Queen, shaking her hand about as if she wanted to shake it off. " My finger's bleeding! Oh, oh, oh, oh!"
Her screams were so exactly like the whistle of a steam-engine, that Alice had to hold both her hands over her ears.
" What is the matter? " she said, as soon as there was a chance of making herself heard. " Have you pricked your finger?"
"I haven't pricked it yet" the Queen said, "but I soon shall------oh, oh, oh ! "
" When do you expect to do it ? " Alice asked, feeling very much inclined to laugh.
"When I fasten my shawl again," the poor Queen groaned out: " the brooch will come un­done directly. Oh, oh!" As she said the words the brooch flew open, and the Queen clutched wildly at it, and tried to clasp it again.
"Take care ! " cried Alice. " You're holding it all crooked ! " And she caught at the brooch ; but it was too late: the pin had slipped, and the Queen had pricked her finger.