Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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110                        HUMPTY DUMPTY,
gaily, as she turned it round for him. " I thought it looked a little queer. As I was saying, that
seems to be done right------though I haven't time
to look it over thoroughly just now------and that
shows that there are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday pres­ents------"
" Certainly," said Alice.
" And only one for birthday presents, you know. There's glory for you ! "
" I don't know what you mean by l glory,'" Alice said.
Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. " Of
course you don't------till I tell you. I meant
' there's a nice knock-down argument for you !' "
"But 'glory' doesn't mean 'a nice knock-down argument,' " Alice objected.
" When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, " it means just what J choose it to mean------neither more nor less."
"The question is," said Alice, "whether ymi can make words mean so many different things."
" The question is," said Hunipty Dumpty, " which is to be master------that's all."
Alice was too much puzzled to say anything, so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again.
" They've a temper, some of them------particularly
verbs, they're the proudest------adjectives you can