Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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90
WOOL AND WATER.
"That accounts for the bleeding, you see," she said to Alice with a smile. "Nowyou understand the way things happen here."
" But why don't you scream now ? " Alice asked, holding her hands ready to put over her ears again.
"Why, I've done all the screaming already," said the Queen. "What would be the good of having it all over again ? "
By this time it was getting light. " The crow must have flown away, I think," said Alice: " I'm so glad it's gone. I thought it was the night coming on."
"I wish /could manage to be glad!" the Queen said. " Only I never can remember the rule. You must be very happy, living in this wood, and being glad whenever you like ! "
" Only it is so very lonely here ! " Alice said in a melancholy voice; and at the thought of her loneliness two large tears came rolling down her cheeks.
" Oh, don't go on like that!" cried the poor Queen, wringing her hands in despair. " Con­sider what a great girl you are. Consider what a long way you've come to-day. Consider what o'clock it is. Consider anything, only don't cry 1"
Alice could not help laughing at this, even in the midst of her tears. " Can you keep from cry­ing by considering things?" she askecl,