’In that case,’ said the Dodo solemnly, rising to its feet, ’I move that the meeting adjourn, for the immediate adoption of more energetic remedies—’
Then they all crowded round her once more, while the Dodo solemnly presented the thimble, saying ’We beg your acceptance of this elegant thimble’; and, when it had finished this short speech, they all cheered.
Alice thought the whole thing very absurd, but they all looked so grave that she did not dare to laugh; and, as she could not think of anything to say, she simply bowed, and took the thimble, looking as solemn as she could.
The Frog-Footman repeated, in the same solemn tone, only changing the order of the words a little, ’From the Queen.
The Fish-Footman began by producing from under his arm a great letter, nearly as large as himself, and this he handed over to the other, saying, in a solemn tone, ’For the Duchess.
So they began solemnly dancing round and round Alice, every now and then treading on her toes when they passed too close, and waving their forepaws to mark the time, while the Mock Turtle sang this, very slowly and sadly:— ’ "Will you walk a little faster?" said a whiting to a snail.