Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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HUMPTY DUMPTY.
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"Wrong!" Humpty Dumpty exclaimed, tri­umphantly. " You never said a word like it I "
"I thought you meant'How old are you?'" Alice explained.
"If I'd meant that, I'd have said it," said Humpty Dumpty.
Alice didn't want to begin another argument, so she said nothing.
" Seven years and six months!" Humpty Dumpty repeated, thoughtfully. " An uncom­fortable sort of age. Now if you'd ask my advice,
I'd have said, ' Leave off at seven '------but it's too
late now."
"I never ask advice about growing," Alice said, indignantly.
"Too proud?" the other enquired.
Alice felt even more indignant at this sugges­tion. "I mean," she said, "that one can't help growing older."
" One can't, perhaps," said Humpty Dumpty, " but two can. With proper assistance, you might have left off at seven."
" What a beautiful belt you've got on ! " Alice suddenly remarked. (They had had quite enough of the subject of age, she thought: and if they really were to take turns in choosing subjects, it was her turn now.) " At least," she corrected herself on second thoughts, " a beautiful cravat, I