Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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168
QUEEN ALICE.
" she means well, but she can't help saying foolish things, as a general rule."
The White Queen looked timidly at Alice, who felt she ought to say something kind, but realty couldn't think of anything at the moment.
"She never was really well brought up," the Red Queen went on: " but it's amazing how good-tempered she is! Pat her on the head, and see how pleased she'll be ! " But this was more than Alice had courage to do.
"A little kindness------and putting her hair in
papers——would do wonders with her------"
The White Queen gave a deep sigh, and laid her head on Alice's shoulder. " I am so sleepy! " she moaned.
" She's tired, poor thing! " said the Red Queen.
" Smooth her hair------lend her your nightcap------
and sing her a soothing lullaby."
" I haven't got a nightcap with me," said Alice, as she tried to obey the first direction : " and I don't know any soothing lullabies."
" I must do it myself, then," said the Red Queen, and she began :
" Hush-a-ly lady, in Alice's lap 1
Till the feast's ready, we've time for a nap:
When the feasts over, we'll go to the ball
P,ed Queen, and White Queen, and Alice, and all/