Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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QUEEN ALICE.
screamed at the top of her voice, and all guests began drinking it directly, and very queerly they managed it: some of them put their glasses upon their heads like extinguishers, and drank all that trickled down their faces------others upset the de­canters, and drank the wine as it ran off the edges
of the table------and three of them (who looked
like kangaroos) scrambled into the dish of roast mutton, and began eagerly lapping up the gravy, "just like pigs in a trough ! " thought Alice.
" You ought to return thanks in a neat speech," the Red Queen said, frowning at Alice as she spoke.
" We must support you, you know," the White Queen whispered, as Alice got up to do it, very obediently, but a little frightened.
" Thank you very much," she whispered in reply, " but I can do quite well without."
" That wouldn't be at all the thing," the Red Queen said very decidedly: so Alice tried to sub­mit to it with a good grace.
(" And they did push so ! " she said afterward, when she was telling her sister the history of the feast. " You would have thought they wanted to squeeze me flat! ")
In fact it was rather difficult for her to keep in her place while she made her speech: the two Queens pushed her so, one on each side, that they nearly