Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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QUEEN ALICE.
Qneen : " when you've once said a thing, that fixes it, and you must take the consequences."
" Which reminds me------" the White Queen
said, looking down and nervously clasping and un­clasping her hands, " we had such a thunderstorm
last Tuesday------1 mean one of the last set of
Tuesdays, you know."
Alice was puzzled. " In our country," she re­marked, " there's only one day at a time."
The Red Queen said "That's a poor thin way of doing things. Now here, we mostly have days and nights two or three at a time, and sometimes in the winter we take as many as five nights together ------for warmth, you know."
" Are five nights warmer than one night, then?" Alice ventured to ask.
" Five times as warm, of course."
" But they should be five times as cold, by the same rule------"
" Just so ! " cried the Red Queen. " Five times
as warm, and five times as cold------just as I'm five
times as rich as you are, and five times as clever!"
Alice sighed and gave it up. " It's exactly like a riddle with no answer ! " she thought.
" Humpty Dumpty saw it too," the White Queen went on in a low voice, more as if she were