Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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174
QUEEN ALICE.
once------" and in she went, and there was a dead
silence the moment she appeared.
Alice glanced nervously along the table, as she walked up the large hall, and noticed that there were about fifty guests, of all kinds: some were animals, some birds, and there were even a few fl wers among them. " I'm glad they've come without waiting to be asked," she thought: "I should never have known who were the right people to invite ! "
There were three chairs at the head of the table; the Red and White Queens had already taken two of them, but the middle one was empty. Alice sat down in it, rather uncom­fortable at the silence, and longing for some one to speak.
At last the Red Queen began. " You've missed the soup and fish," she said. "Put on the joint!" And the waiters set a leg of mutton before Alice, who looked at it rather anxiously, as she had never had to carve a joint before.
" You look a little shy; let me introduce you to that leg of mutton," said the Red Queen. " Alice
------Mutton; Mutton------Alice." The leg of
mutton got up in the dish and made a little bow to Alice; and Alice returned the bow, not know­ing whether to be frightened or amused.
"May I give you a slice?" she said, taking up