’Come, there’s no use in crying like that!’ said Alice to herself, rather sharply; ’I advise you to leave off this minute!’
After a minute or two, they began moving about again, and Alice heard the Rabbit say, ’A barrowful will do, to begin with.’
For some minutes it puffed away without speaking, but at last it unfolded its arms, took the hookah out of its mouth again, and said, ’So you think you’re changed, do you?’
And so she went on, taking first one side and then the other, and making quite a conversation of it altogether; but after a few minutes she heard a voice outside, and stopped to listen.
First, however, she waited for a few minutes to see if she was going to shrink any further: she felt a little nervous about this; ’for it might end, you know,’ said Alice to herself, ’in my going out altogether, like a candle.
The first question of course was, how to get dry again: they had a consultation about this, and after a few minutes it seemed quite natural to Alice to find herself talking familiarly with them, as if she had known them all her life.
She went on growing, and growing, and very soon had to kneel down on the floor: in another minute there was not even room for this, and she tried the effect of lying down with one elbow against the door, and the other arm curled round her head.
In a minute or two the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth and yawned once or twice, and shook itself.
I’m never sure what I’m going to be, from one minute to another!
’They lived on treacle,’ said the Dormouse, after thinking a minute or two.
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The Dormouse again took a minute or two to think about it, and then said, ’It was a treacle-well.’
The three soldiers wandered about for a minute or two, looking for them, and then quietly marched off after the others.
’I’m afraid I am, sir,’ said Alice; ’I can’t remember things as I used—and I don’t keep the same size for ten minutes together!’
’It is wrong from beginning to end,’ said the Caterpillar decidedly, and there was silence for some minutes.
In another minute the whole head appeared, and then Alice put down her flamingo, and began an account of the game, feeling very glad she had someone to listen to her.
Alice waited a little, half expecting to see it again, but it did not appear, and after a minute or two she walked on in the direction in which the March Hare was said to live.
It was so long since she had been anything near the right size, that it felt quite strange at first; but she got used to it in a few minutes, and began talking to herself, as usual.
Alice remained looking thoughtfully at the mushroom for a minute, trying to make out which were the two sides of it; and as it was perfectly round, she found this a very difficult question.
’Get to your places!’ shouted the Queen in a voice of thunder, and people began running about in all directions, tumbling up against each other; however, they got settled down in a minute or two, and the game began.
’It IS the same thing with you,’ said the Hatter, and here the conversation dropped, and the party sat silent for a minute, while Alice thought over all she could remember about ravens and writing-desks, which wasn’t much.
The poor little thing was snorting like a steam-engine when she caught it, and kept doubling itself up and straightening itself out again, so that altogether, for the first minute or two, it was as much as she could do to hold it.
He looked at Alice, and tried to speak, but for a minute or two sobs choked his voice.
So they sat down, and nobody spoke for some minutes.
This was such a new idea to Alice, that she was quite silent for a minute or two, which gave the Pigeon the opportunity of adding, ’You’re looking for eggs, I know THAT well enough; and what does it matter to me whether you’re a little girl or a serpent?’
For some minutes the whole court was in confusion, getting the Dormouse turned out, and, by the time they had settled down again, the cook had disappeared.
’If any one of them can explain it,’ said Alice, (she had grown so large in the last few minutes that she wasn’t a bit afraid of interrupting him,) ’I’ll give him sixpence.
Pig and Pepper For a minute or two she stood looking at the house, and wondering what to do next, when suddenly a footman in livery came running out of the wood—(she considered him to be a footman because he was in livery: otherwise, judging by his face only, she would have called him a fish)—and rapped loudly at the door with his knuckles.
She was looking about for some way of escape, and wondering whether she could get away without being seen, when she noticed a curious appearance in the air: it puzzled her very much at first, but, after watching it a minute or two, she made it out to be a grin, and she said to herself ’It’s the Cheshire Cat: now I shall have somebody to talk to.’
CHAPTER XII Alice’s Evidence ’Here!’ cried Alice, quite forgetting in the flurry of the moment how large she had grown in the last few minutes, and she jumped up in such a hurry that she tipped over the jury-box with the edge of her skirt, upsetting all the jurymen on to the heads of the crowd below, and there they lay sprawling about, reminding her very much of a globe of goldfish she had accidentally upset the week before.
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