Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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talking to herself. " He came to the door with a corkscrew in his hand------"
"What did he want?" said the Red Queen.
"He said he would come in," the White Queen went on, " because he was looking for a hippopo­tamus. Now, as it happened, there wasn't such a thing in the house, that morning."
"Is there generally?" Alice asked in an as­tonished tone.
" Well, only on Thursdays," said the Queen.
" I know what he came for," said Alice, " he wanted to punish the fish, because------"
Here the White Queen began again. "It was tuck a thunderstorm, you can't think!" (" She never could, you know," said the Red Queen.) "And part of the roof came off, and ever so much
thunder got in------and it went rolling round the
room in great lumps------and knocking over the
tables and things------till I was so frightened, I
couldn't remember my own name I "
Alice thought to herself, "I never should try to remember my name in the middle of an accident! Where would be the use of it?" but she did not say this aloud, for fear of hurting the poor Queen's feelings.
" Your Majesty must excuse her," the Red Queen said to Alice, taking one of the White Queen's hands in her own, and gently stroking it: