Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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QUEEN ALICE.
she couldn't help feeling a little shy with it, as she had been with the mutton; however, she con­quered her shyness by a great effort, and cut a slice and handed it to the Red Queen.
" What impertinence ! " said the Pudding. "I wonder how you'd like it, if I were to cut a slice out of you, you creature ! "
It spoke in a thick, suety sort of voice, and Alice hadn't a word to say in reply: she could only sit and look at it and gasp.
" Make a remark," said the Red Queen : " it's ridiculous to leave all the conversation to the pud­ding !"
" Do you know, I've had such a quantity of poetry repeated to me to-day," Alice began, a lit­tle frightened at finding that, the moment she opened her lips, there was dead silence, and all eyes were fixed upon her; "and it's a very curi­ous thing, I think------every poem was about fishes
in some way. Do you know why they're so fond of fishes, all about here ? "
She spoke to the Red Queen, whose answer was a little wide of the mark. "As to fishes," she said, very slowly and solemnly, putting her mouth close to Alice's ear, " her White Majesty knows
a lovely riddle------all in poetry------all about
fishes. Shall she repeat it ? "
"Her Red Majesty's very kind to mention it,"