126 THE LION AND THE UNICORN.
deal. "There's nothing like eating hay when you're faint," he remarked to her, as he munched away.
" I should think throwing cold water over you
would be better," Alice suggested : "------or some
" I didn't say there was nothing better,'1'' the King replied. "I said there was nothing like it." Which Alice did not venture to deny.
" Who did you pass on the road ?" the King went on, holding out his hand to the Messenger for some more hay.
" Nobody," said the Messenger.
" Quite right," said the King: "this young lady saw him too. So of course Nobody walks slower than you."
" I do my best," the Messenger said in a sullen tone. " I'm sure nobody walks much faster than I do!"
"He can't do that," said the King, "or else he'd have been here first. However, now-you've got your breath, you may tell us what's happened in the town."
"I'll whisper it," said the Messenger, putting his hands to his mouth in the shape of a trumpet, and stooping so as to get close to the King's ear. Alice was sorry for this, as she wanted to hear the news too. However, instead of whispering, he