Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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game was over. " Please, would you tell me------"
she began, looking timidly at the Red Queen.
"Speak when you're spoken to!"the Queen sharply interrupted her.
"But if everybody obeyed that rule," said Alice, who was always ready for a little argument, "and if you only spoke when you were spoken to, and the other person always waited for you to begin, you see nobody would ever say anything, so that------
"Ridiculous!" cried the Queen. "Why, don't
you see, child------" here she broke off with a
frown, and, after thinking for a minute, suddenly changed the subject of the conversation. " What do you mean by 'If you really are a Queen'? What right have you to call yourself so? You can't be a Queen, you know, till you've passed the proper examination. And the sooner we begin it, the better."
" I only said ' if'! " poor Alice pleaded in a piteous tone.
The two Queens looked at each other, and the Red Queen remarked, with a little shudder, " She says she only said 'if------"
"But she said a great deal more than that!" the White Queen moaned, wringing her hands. " Oh, ever so much more than that! "
" So you did, you know," the Red Queen said