Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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QUEEN ALICE.
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to Alice. " Always speak the truth------think be­fore you speak------and write it down afterward."
" I'm sure I didn't mean------" Alice was be­ginning, but the Red Queen interrupted her im­patiently.
" That's just what I complain of! You should have meant! What do you suppose is the use of a child without any meaning? Even a joke
should have some meaning------and a child's more
important than a joke, I hope. You couldn't deny that, even if you tried with both hands."
"I don't deny things with my hands" Alice objected.
" Nobody said you did," said the Red Queen. "I said you couldn't if you tried."
" She's in' that state of mind," said the White
Queen, "that she wants to deny something------
only she doesn't know what to deny! "
" A nasty, vicious temper," the Red Queen re­marked ; and then there was an uncomfortable silence for a minute or two.
The Red Queen broke the silence by saying to the White Queen, " I invite you to Alice's dinner­party this afternoon."
The White Queen smiled feebly, and said, "And I invite you."
" I didn't know I was to have a party at all,"