Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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should have said------no, a belt, I mean------1 beg
your pardon ! " she added, in dismay, for Humpty Dumpty looked thoroughly offended, and she be­gan to wish she hadn't chosen that subject. " If only I knew," she thought to herself, " which was neck and which was waist! "
Evidently Humpty Dumpty was very angry, though he said nothing for a minute or two. When he did speak, it was in a deep growl.
" It is a------most------provoking------thing," he said
at last, "when a person doesn't know a cravat from a belt!"
" I know it's very ignorant of me," Alice said, in so humble a tone that Humpty Dumpty re­lented.
" It's a cravat, child, and a beautiful one, as you say. It's a present from the White King and Queen. There now ! "
" Is it really? " said Alice, quite pleased to find that she had chosen a good subject, after all.
" They gave it me," Humpty Dumpty contin­ued, thoughtfully, as he crossed one knee over the other and clasped his hands round it, " they gave it me------for an un-birthday present."
" I beg your pardon ? " Alice said, with a puz­zled air.
" I'm not offended," said Humpty Dumpty.
" I mean, what is an un-birthday present?"