Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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"It's a stupid name enough!" Humpty Dumpty interrupted, impatiently. " What does it mean ? "
"Must a name mean something?" Alice asked, doubtfully.
" Of course it must," Humpty Dumpty said, with a short laugh: " my name means the shape I
am------and a good handsome shape it is, too.
With a name like yours, you might be any shape, almost."
"Why do you sit out here all alone?" said Alice, not wishing to begin an argument.
" Why, because there's nobody with me ! " cried Humpty Dumpty. " Did you think I didn't know the answer to thai? Ask another."
"Don't you think you'd be safer down on the ground?" Alice went on, not with any idea of making another riddle, but simply in her good-natured anxiety for the queer creature. " That wall is so very narrow !"
" What tremendously easy riddles you ask ! " Humpty Dumpty growled out. " Of course I
don't think so ! Why, if ever I did fall off------
which there's no chance of------but if I did------"
Here he pursed up his lips, and looked so solemn and grand that Alice could hardly help laughing. " If I did fall," he went on, " the King has prom­ised me------ah, you may turn pale, if you like!