THE LION AND THE UNICORN. 131
Alice asked, very much surprised at his taking it so quietly.
" No use, no use ! " said the King. " She runs so fearfully quick. You might as well try to catch a Bandersnatch! But I'll make a memorandum about her, if you like------She's a dear
good creature," he repeated softly to himself, as he opened his memorandum-book. "Do you spell ' creature ' with a double 4 e ' ? "
At this moment the Unicorn sauntered by them, with his hands in his pockets. " I had the best of it this time ? " he said to the King, just glancing at him as he passed.
"A little------a little," the King replied, rather
nervously. " You shouldn't have run him through with your horn, you know."
" It didn't hurt him," the Unicorn said carelessly, and he was going on, when his eye happened to fall upon Alice: he turned round instantly, and stood for some time looking at her with an air of the deepest disgust.
"What------is------this?" he said at last.
" This is a child!" Haigha replied eagerly, coming in front of Alice to introduce her, and spreading out both his hands toward her in an Anglo-Saxon attitude. " We only found it to-day. It's as large as life, and twice as natural! "