Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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QUEEN ALICE.
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lifted her up into the air: '•' I rise to return
thanks------" Alice began : and she really did
rise as she spoke, several inches ; but she got hold of the edge of the table, and managed to pull her­self down again.
" Take care of yourself! " screamed the White Queen, seizing Alice's hair with both her hands. " Something's going to happen ! "
And then (as Alice afterward described it) all sorts of things happened in a moment. The candles all grew up to the ceiling, looking some­thing like a bed of rushes with fireworks at the top. As to the bottles, they each took a pair of plates, which they hastily fitted on as wings, and so, with forks for legs, went fluttering about in all directions: " and very like birds they look," Alice thought to herself, as well as she could in the dreadful confusion that was beginning.
At this moment she heard a hoarse laugh at her side, and turned to see what was the matter with the White Queen; but, instead of the Queen, there was the leg of mutton sitting in the chair. "Here I am!" cried a voice from the soup-tureen, and Alice turned again, just in time to see the Queen's broad good-natured face grinning at her for a moment over the edge of the tureen, before she disappeared into the soup.
There was not a moment to be lost. Already