Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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HUMPTY DUMPTY,
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"It's very provoking," Humpty Dumpty said after a long silence, looking away from Alice as he spoke, "to be called an egg------very!"
"I said you looked like an egg, Sir,"' Alice gently explained. "And some eggs are very prett}', you know," she added, hoping to turn her remark into a sort of compliment.
" Some people," said Humpty Dumpty, looking away from her as usual, " have no more sense than a baby!"
Alice didn't know what to say to this: it wasn't at all like conversation, she thought, as he never said anything to her; in fact, his last remark was
evidently addressed to a tree------so she stood and
softly repeated to herself:
" Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall: Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the King's horses and all the King's men Couldn't put Humpty Dumpty in his place again."
"That last line is much too long for the poetry," she added, almost out loud, forgetting that Humpty Dumpty would hear her.
"Don't stand chattering to yourself like that," Humpty Dumpty said, looking at her for the first time, " but tell me your name and your business."
" My name is Alice, but------"