The Hunting Of The Snark

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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THE BEAVER'S LESSON                           51
And the only thing-now was to rack'its poor brains By reckoning up the amount.
" Two added to one—if that could but be done," It said, " with one's fingers and thumbs!"
Kecollecting with tears how, in earlier years, It had taken no pains with its sums.
" The thing can be done," said the Butcher, " I think.
The thing must be done, I am sure. The thing shall be done ! Bring me paper and ink,
The best there is time to procure."