Alice was so astonished that she could not speak for a minute: it quite seemed to take her breath away.
For some minutes Alice stood without speaking, looking out in all directions over the country—and a most curious country it was.
’Why, we passed it ten minutes ago!
She had not been walking a minute before she found herself face to face with the Red Queen, and full in sight of the hill she had been so long aiming at.
The Queen gasped, and sat down: the rapid journey through the air had quite taken away her breath and for a minute or two she could do nothing but hug the little Lily in silence.
Why, his time is worth a thousand pounds a minute!’
After this, Alice was silent for a minute or two, pondering.
She stood silent for a minute, thinking: then she suddenly began again.
Then they let go of Alice’s hands, and stood looking at her for a minute: there was a rather awkward pause, as Alice didn’t know how to begin a conversation with people she had just been dancing with.
For a few minutes all went on well, and she was just saying, ’I really SHALL do it this time—’ when the path gave a sudden twist and shook itself (as she described it afterwards), and the next moment she found herself actually walking in at the door.
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There was a pause in the fight just then, and the Lion and the Unicorn sat down, panting, while the King called out ’Ten minutes allowed for refreshments!’
’She gets more and more like a porcupine every minute!’
’If you don’t mind stopping the boat for a minute.’
Evidently Humpty Dumpty was very angry, though he said nothing for a minute or two.
Alice was too much puzzled to say anything, so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again.
’Would you—be good enough,’ Alice panted out, after running a little further, ’to stop a minute—just to get—one’s breath again?’
You see, a minute goes by so fearfully quick.
For a minute or two Alice stood silent, watching him.
So the two brothers went off hand-in-hand into the wood, and returned in a minute with their arms full of things—such as bolsters, blankets, hearth-rugs, table-cloths, dish-covers and coal-scuttles.
’Why, don’t you see, child—’ here she broke off with a frown, and, after thinking for a minute, suddenly changed the subject of the conversation.
’A nasty, vicious temper,’ the Red Queen remarked; and then there was an uncomfortable silence for a minute or two.
That is easy, and will not take more than a minute.
’Take a minute to think about it, and then guess,’ said the Red Queen.
’Things flow about so here!’ she said at last in a plaintive tone, after she had spent a minute or so in vainly pursuing a large bright thing, that looked sometimes like a doll and sometimes like a work-box, and was always in the shelf next above the one she was looking at.
Alice waited a minute to see if he would speak again, but as he never opened his eyes or took any further notice of her, she said ’Good-bye!’ once more, and, getting no answer to this, she quietly walked away: but she couldn’t help saying to herself as she went, ’Of all the unsatisfactory—’
The Frog looked at the door with his large dull eyes for a minute: then he went nearer and rubbed it with his thumb, as if he were trying whether the paint would come off; then he looked at Alice.
This offended Alice a little, so there was no more conversation for a minute or two, while the boat glided gently on, sometimes among beds of weeds (which made the oars stick fast in the water, worse then ever), and sometimes under trees, but always with the same tall river-banks frowning over their heads.
It didn’t sound a comfortable plan, Alice thought, and for a few minutes she walked on in silence, puzzling over the idea, and every now and then stopping to help the poor Knight, who certainly was NOT a good rider.
The snoring got more distinct every minute, and sounded more like a tune: at last she could even make out the words, and she listened so eagerly that, when the two great heads vanished from her lap, she hardly missed them.
In a minute there was silence again, and the same shrill voice sang another verse; ’ "O Looking-Glass creatures," quoth Alice, "draw near!
There are no more uses of "minuteness" in the book.