Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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132              THE LION AND THE UNICORN.
"I always thought they were fabulous mon­sters! " said the Unicorn. "Is it alive?"
" It can talk," said Haigha, solemnly.
The Unicorn looked dreamily at Alice, and said " Talk, child."
Alice could not help her lips curling up into a smile as she began: " Do you know, I always thought Unicorns were fabulous monsters, too! I never saw one alive before ! "
" Well, now that we have seen each other," said the Unicorn, "if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you. Is that a bargain?"
" Yes, if you like," said Alice.
" Come, fetch out the plum-cake, old man !" the Unicorn ,went on, turning from her to the King. "None of your brown bread for me!"
" Certainly------certainly ! " the King muttered,
and beckoned to Haigha. " Open the bag ! " he
whispered. " Quick ! Not that one------that's
full of hay! "
Haigha took a large cake out of the bag, and gave it to Alice to hold, while he got out a dish and carving-knife. How they all came out of it Alice couldn't guess. It was just like a conjur-ing-trick, she thought.
The Lion had joined them while this was going on: he looked very tired and sleepy, and his eyes were half shut. " What's this! " he said, blink-