142 "IT'S MY OWN INVENTION."
And the other thing is a mouse-trap. I suppose
the mice keep the bees out------or the bees keep
the mice out, I don't know which."
" I was wondering what the mouse-trap was fur," said Alice. "It isn't very likely there would be any mice on the horse's back."
"Not very likely, perhaps," said the Knight; "but if they do come, I don't choose to have them running all about.
"You see," he went on after a pause, "it's as well to be provided for everything. That's the reason the horse has all those anklets round his feet."
"But what are they for? " Alice asked in a tone of great curiosity.
" To guard against the bites of sharks," the Knight replied. "It's an invention of my own. And now help me on. I'll go with you to the end of the wood------What's that dish for?"
"It's meant for plum-cake," said Alice.
" We'd better take it with us," the Knight said. "It'll come in handy if we find any plum cake. Help me to get it into this bag."
This took a long time to manage, though Alice
held the bag open very carefully, because the
Knight was so very awkward in putting in the
■dish: the first two or three times that he tried he
fell in himself instead. "It's rather a tight fit,