Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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"Fan her head!" the Red Queen anxiously interrupted. "She'll be feverish after so much thinking." So they set to work and fanned her with bunches of leaves, till she had to beg them to leave off, it blew her hair about so.-
" She's all right again now," said the Red Queen. " Do you know Languages? What's the French for fiddle-de-dee ? "
" Fiddle de-dee's not English," Alice replied gravely.
" Who ever said it was ? " said the Red Queen.
Alice thought she saw a way out of the diffi­culty this time. " If you'll tell me what language • fiddle-de-dee ' is, I'll tell you the French for it! " she exclaimed triumphantly.
But the Red Queen drew herself up rather stiffly, and said " Queens never make bargains."
" I wish Queens never asked questions," Alice thought to herself.
"Don't let us quarrel," the White Queen said in an anxious tone. " What is the cause of light­ning ? "
" The cause of lightning," Alice said very de­cidedly, for she felt quite certain about this, " is
the thunder------no, no !" she hastily corrected
herself. " I meant the other way."
"It's too late to correct it," said the Red