Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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WOOL AND WATER.
61
"That's the way it's done," the Queen said with great decision: "nobody can do two things at once, you know. Let's consider your age to be­gin with------how old are you ? "
" I'm seven and a half exactly."
" You needn't say ' exactually,' " the Queen re­marked : " I can believe it without that. Now I'll give you something to believe. I'm just one hun­dred and one, five months and a day."
" I can't believe that! " said Alice.
" Can't you ? " the Queen said in a pitying tone. " Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes."
Alice laughed. "There's no use trying," she said: " one can't believe impossible things."
"I dare say you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. " When I was your age, I al­ways did it for half an hour a day. Why, some­times I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. There goes the shawl again!"
The brooch had come undone as she spoke, and a sudden gust of wind blew the Queen's shawl across a little brook. The Queen spread out her arms again, and went flying after it, and this time she succeeded in catching it for herself. " I've got it!" she cried in a triumphant tone. "Now you shall see me pin it on again, all by myself!"