Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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"IT'S MY OWN INVENTION:'1               151
Alice Could only look puzzled: she was think­ing of the pudding.
"You are sad," the Knight said in an anxious tone: "let me sing you a song to comfort you."
"Is it very long?" Alice asked, for she had heard a good deal of poetry that day.
"It's long," said the Knight, "but it's very, very beautiful. Everybody that hears me sing it
------either it brings the tears into their eyes, or
else------"
" Or else what ? " said Alice, for the Knight had made a sudden pause.
" Or else it doesn't, you know. The name of the song is called ' Haddocks' Eyes'"
" Oh, that's the name of the song, is it?" Alice said, trying to feel interested.
" No, you don't understand," the Knight said, looking a little vexed. " That's what the name is called. The name really is ' The Aged Aged Man.""
" Then I ought to have said 4 That's what the song is called' ? " Alice corrected herself.
"No, you oughtn't: that's quite another thing! The song is called ' Ways And Means': but that's only what it's called, you know! "
" Well, what it the song, then ? " said Alice, who was by this time completely bewildered.
"I was coming to that," the Knight said..