Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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iso           " it's my own invention."
"In time to have it cooked for the next course ? " said Alice. " Well, that was quick work, certainly!"
" Well, not the next course," the Knight said, in a slow, thoughtful tone: " no, certainly not the next course"
" Then it would have to be the next day. I suppose you wouldn't have two pudding courses in one dinner?"
" Well, hot the next day," the Knight repeated as before : " not the next day. In fact," he went on, holding his head down, and his voice getting lower and lower, " I don't believe that pudding ever was cooked! In fact, I don't believe that pudding ever will be cooked ! And yet it was a very clever pudding to invent."
" What did you mean it to be made of? " Alice asked, hoping to cheer him up, for the poor Knight seemed quite low-spirited about it.
" It began with blotting-paper," the Knight an­swered with a groan.
" That wouldn't be very nice, I'm afraid------"
"Not very nice alone" he interrupted, quite eagerly : "but you've no idea what a difference it
makes, mixing it with other things------such as
gunpowder and sealing-wax. And here I must leave you." They had just come to the end of the wood.