Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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she contented herself with turning round, looking at the shelves as she came to them.
The shop seemed to be full of all manner of
curious things------but the oddest part of it all
was, that whenever she looked hard at any shelf, to make out exactly what it had on it, that par­ticular shelf was always quite empty : though the others round it were crowded as full as they could hold.
" Things flow about so here ! " she said at last in a plaintive tone, after she had spent a minute or so in vainly pursuing a large bright thing, that looked sometimes like a doll and sometimes like a work-box, and was always in the shelf next above the one she was looking at. " And this one is the
most provoking of all------but I'll tell you what
------" she added, as a sudden thought struck her,
" I'll follow it up to the very top shelf of all. It'll puzzle it to go through the ceiling, I expect! "
But even this plan failed: the "thing" went through the ceiling as quietly as possible^ as if it were quite used to it.
" Are you a child or a teetotum ? " the Sheep said, as she took up another pair of needles. " You'll make me giddy soon, if you go on turning round like that." She was now working with fourteen pairs at once, and Alice couldn't help looking at her in great astonishment.