’It’s VERY provoking,’ Humpty Dumpty said after a long silence, looking away from Alice as he spoke, ’to be called an egg—VERY!’
A little provoked, she drew back, and after looking everywhere for the queen (whom she spied out at last, a long way off), she thought she would try the plan, this time, of walking in the opposite direction.
’And this one is the most provoking of all—but I’ll tell you what—’ she added, as a sudden thought struck her, ’I’ll follow it up to the very top shelf of all.
’It is a—MOST—PROVOKING—thing,’ he said at last, ’when a person doesn’t know a cravat from a belt!’
’And it certainly DID seem a little provoking (’almost as if it happened on purpose,’ she thought) that, though she managed to pick plenty of beautiful rushes as the boat glided by, there was always a more lovely one that she couldn’t reach.
’It’s very provoking!’ she said, in reply to the Lion (she was getting quite used to being called ’the Monster’).
But the provoking kitten only began on the other paw, and pretended it hadn’t heard the question.
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Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
We should not permit deeply offensive words to provoke violence.