130 THE LION AND THE UNICORN.
on very well," he said in a choking voice: " each of them has been down about eighty-seven times."
" Then I suppose they'll soon bring the white bread and the brown ?" Alice ventured to remark.
"It's waiting for 'em now," said Hatta: "this is a bit of it as I'm eating."
There was a pause in the fight just then, and the Lion and the Unicorn sat down, panting, while the King called out "Ten minutes allowed for refreshments!" Haigha and Hatta set to work at once, carrying round trays of white and brown bread. Alice took a piece to taste, but it was very dry.
" I don't think they'll fight any more to-day," the King said to Hatta: "go and order the drums to begin." And Hatta went bounding away like ' a grasshopper.
For a minute or two Alice stood silent, watching him. Suddenly she brightened up. " Look, look! " she cried, pointing eagerly. " There's the White Queen running across the country! She
came flying out of the wood over yonder------How
fast those Queens can run ! "
" There's some enemy after her, no doubt," the King said, without even looking round. " That wood's full of them."
"But aren't you going to run and help her?"