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Alice’s Adventures in WonderlandCHAPTER I: Down the Rabbit-HoleAlice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by hersister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once ortwice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading,but it had no pictures or conversations in it, ‘and what isthe use of a book,’ thought Alice ‘without pictures orconversation?’So she was considering in her own mind (as well as shecould, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy andstupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chainwould be worth the trouble of getting up and picking thedaisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ranclose by her.There was nothing so very remarkable in that; nor didAlice think it so very much out of the way to hear theRabbit say to itself, ‘Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!’(when she thought it over afterwards, it occurred to herthat she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time itall seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actuallytook a watch out of its waistcoat-pocket, and looked at it, andthen hurried on, Alice started to her feet, for it flashedacross her mind that she had never before seen a rabbitwith either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to take out of2 of 130

eBook brought to you byAlice’s Adventures in WonderlandCreate, view, and edit PDF. Download the free trial, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field afterit, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down alarge rabbit-hole under the hedge.In another moment down went Alice after it, neveronce considering how in the world she was to get outagain.The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for someway, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly thatAlice had not a moment to think about stopping herselfbefore she found herself falling down a very deep well.Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly,for she had plenty of time as she went down to look abouther and to wonder what was going to happen next. First,she tried to look down and make out what she wascoming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then shelooked at the sides of the well, and noticed that they werefilled with cupboards and book-shelves; here and there shesaw maps and pictures hung upon pegs. She took down ajar from one of the shelves as she passed; it was labelled‘ORANGE MARMALADE’, but to her greatdisappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop thejar for fear of killing somebody, so managed to put it intoone of the cupboards as she fell past it.3 of 130

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’Well!’ thought Alice to herself, ‘after such a fall as this,I shall think nothing of tumbling down stairs! How bravethey’ll all think me at home! Why, I wouldn’t sayanything about it, even if I fell off the top of the house!’(Which was very likely true.)Down, down, down. Would the fall never come to anend! ‘I wonder how many miles I’ve fallen by this time?’she said aloud. ‘I must be getting somewhere near thecentre of the earth. Let me see: that would be fourthousand miles down, I think—’ (for, you see, Alice hadlearnt several things of this sort in her lessons in theschoolroom, and though this was not a VERY goodopportunity for showing off her knowledge, as there wasno one to listen to her, still it was good practice to say itover) ‘—yes, that’s about the right distance—but then Iwonder what Latitude or Longitude I’ve got to?’ (Alicehad no idea what Latitude was, or Longitude either, butthought they were nice grand words to say.)Presently she began again. ‘I wonder if I shall fall rightthrough the earth! How funny it’ll seem to come outamong the people that walk with their heads downward!The Antipathies, I think—’ (she was rather glad thereWAS no one listening, this time, as it didn’t sound at allthe right word) ‘—but I shall have to ask them what the4 of 130

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderlandname of the country is, you know. Please, Ma’am, is thisNew Zealand or Australia?’ (and she tried to curtsey as shespoke—fancy curtseying as you’re falling through the air!Do you think you could manage it?) ‘And what anignorant little girl she’ll think me for asking! No, it’llnever do to ask: perhaps I shall see it written upsomewhere.’Down, down, down. There was nothing else to do, soAlice soon began talking again. ‘Dinah’ll miss me verymuch to-night, I should think!’ (Dinah was the cat.) ‘Ihope they’ll remember her saucer of milk at tea-time.Dinah my dear! I wish you were down here with me!There are no mice in the air, I’m afraid, but you mightcatch a bat, and that’s very like a mouse, you know. Butdo cats eat bats, I wonder?’ And here Alice began to getrather sleepy, and went on saying to herself, in a dreamysort of way, ‘Do cats eat bats? Do cats eat bats?’ andsometimes, ‘Do bats eat cats?’ for, you see, as she couldn’tanswer either question, it didn’t much matter which wayshe put it. She felt that she was dozing off, and had justbegun to dream that she was walking hand in hand withDinah, and saying to her very earnestly, ‘Now, Dinah, tellme the truth: did you ever eat a bat?’ when suddenly,5 of 130

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderlandthump! thump! down she came upon a heap of sticks anddry leaves, and the fall was over.Alice was not a bit hurt, and she jumped up on to herfeet in a moment: she looked up, but it was all darkoverhead; before her was another long passage, and theWhite Rabbit was still in sight, hurrying down it. Therewas not a moment to be lost: away went Alice like thewind, and was just in time to hear it say, as it turned acorner, ‘Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it’s getting!’She was close behind it when she turned the corner, butthe Rabbit was no longer to be seen: she found herself in along, low hall, which was lit up by a row of lamps hangingfrom the roof.There were doors all round the hall, but they were alllocked; and when Alice had been all the way down oneside and up the other, trying every door, she walked sadlydown the middle, wondering how she was ever to get outagain.Suddenly she came upon a little three-legged table, allmade of solid glass; there was nothing on it except a tinygolden key, and Alice’s first thought was that it mightbelong to one of the doors of the hall; but, alas! either thelocks were too large, or the key was too small, but at anyrate it would not open any of them. However, on the6 of 130

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderlandsecond time round, she came upon a low curtain she hadnot noticed before, and behind it was a little door aboutfifteen inches high: she tried the little golden key in thelock, and to her great delight it fitted!Alice opened the door and found that it led into a smallpassage, not much larger than a rat-hole: she knelt downand looked along the passage into the loveliest garden youever saw. How she longed to get out of that dark hall, andwander about among those beds of bright flowers andthose cool fountains, but she could not even get her headthough the doorway; ‘and even if my head would gothrough,’ thought poor Alice, ‘it would be of very littleuse without my shoulders. Oh, how I wish I could shutup like a telescope! I think I could, if I only know how tobegin.’ For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things hadhappened lately, that Alice had begun to think that veryfew things indeed were really impossible.There seemed to be no use in waiting by the littledoor, so she went back to the table, half hoping she mightfind another key on it, or at any rate a book of rules forshutting people up like telescopes: this time she found alittle bottle on it, (’which certainly was not here before,’said Alice,) and round the neck of the bottle was a paper7 of 130

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderlandlabel, with the words ‘DRINK ME’ beautifully printed onit in large letters.It was all very well to say ‘Drink me,’ but the wise littleAlice was not going to do that in a hurry. ‘No, I’ll lookfirst,’ she said, ‘and see whether it’s marked ‘poison’ ornot’; for she had read several nice little histories aboutchildren who had got burnt, and eaten up by wild beastsand other unpleasant things, all because they would notremember the simple rules their friends had taught them:such as, that a red-hot poker will burn you if you hold ittoo long; and that if you cut your finger very deeply with aknife, it usually bleeds; and she had never forgotten that, ifyou drink much from a bottle marked ‘poison,’ it is almostcertain to disagree with you, sooner or later.However, this bottle was not marked ‘poison,’ so Aliceventured to taste it, and finding it very nice, (it had, infact, a sort of mixed flavour of cherry-tart, custard, pineapple, roast turkey, toffee, and hot buttered toast,) she verysoon finished it off.****’What a curious feeling!’ said Alice; ‘I must be shuttingup like a telescope.’And so it was indeed: she was now only ten incheshigh, and her face brightened up at the thought that she8 of 130

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderlandwas now the right size for going through the little doorinto that lovely garden. First, however, she waited for afew minutes to see if she was going to shrink any further:she felt a little nervous about this; ‘for it might end, youknow,’ said Alice to herself, ‘in my going out altogether,like a candle. I wonder what I should be like then?’ Andshe tried to fancy what the flame of a candle is like afterthe candle is blown out, for she could not remember everhaving seen such a thing.After a while, finding that nothing more happened, shedecided on going into the garden at once; but, alas forpoor Alice! when she got to the door, she found she hadforgotten the little golden key, and when she went back tothe table for it, she found she could not possibly reach it:she could see it quite plainly through the glass, and shetried her best to climb up one of the legs of the table, butit was too slippery; and when she had tired herself outwith trying, the poor little thing sat down and cried.’Come, there’s no use in crying like that!’ said Alice toherself, rather sharply; ‘I advise you to leave off thisminute!’ She generally gave herself very good advice,(though she very seldom followed it), and sometimes shescolded herself so severely as to bring tears into her eyes;and once she remembered trying to box her own ears for9 of 130

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderlandhaving cheated herself in a game of croquet she wasplaying against herself, for this curious child was very fondof pretending to be two people. ‘But it’s no use now,’thought poor Alice, ‘to pretend to be two people! Why,there’s hardly enough of me left to make ONE respectableperson!’Soon her eye fell on a little glass box that was lyingunder the table: she opened it, and found in it a very smallcake, on which the words ‘EAT ME’ were beautifullymarked in currants. ‘Well, I’ll eat it,’ said Alice, ‘and if itmakes me grow larger, I can reach the key; and if it makesme grow smaller, I can creep under the door; so eitherway I’ll get into the garden, and I don’t care whichhappens!’She ate a little bit, and said anxiously to herself, ‘Whichway? Which way?’, holding her hand on the top of herhead to feel which way it was growing, and she was quitesurprised to find that she remained the same size: to besure, this generally happens when one eats cake, but Alicehad got so much into the way of expecting nothing butout-of-the-way things to happen, that it seemed quite dulland stupid for life to go on in the common way.So she set to work, and very soon finished off the cake.****10 of 130

Alice’s Adventures in WonderlandCHAPTER II: The Pool of Tears’Curiouser and curiouser!’ cried Alice (she was so muchsurprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how tospeak good English); ‘now I’m opening out like the largesttelescope that ever was! Good-bye, feet!’ (for when shelooked down at her feet, they seemed to be almost out ofsight, they were getting so far off). ‘Oh, my poor littlefeet, I wonder who will put on your shoes and stockingsfor you now, dears? I’m sure I shan’t be able! I shall be agreat deal too far off to trouble myself about you: youmust manage the best way you can; —but I must be kindto them,’ thought Alice, ‘or perhaps they won’t walk theway I want to go! Let me see: I’ll give them a new pair ofboots every Christmas.’And she went on planning to herself how she wouldmanage it. ‘They must go by the carrier,’ she thought;‘and how funny it’ll seem, sending presents to one’s ownfeet! And how odd the directions will look!ALICE’S RIGHT FOOT, ESQ.HEARTHRUG,NEAR THE FENDER,(WITH ALICE’S LOVE).11 of 130

Alice’s Adventures in WonderlandOh dear, what nonsense I’m talking!’Just then her head struck against the roof of the hall: infact she was now more than nine feet high, and she atonce took up the little golden key and hurried off to thegarden door.Poor Alice! It was as much as she could do, lying downon one side, to look through into the garden with oneeye; but to get through was more hopeless than ever: shesat down and began to cry again.’You ought to be ashamed of yourself,’ said Alice, ‘agreat girl like you,’ (she might well say this), ‘to go oncrying in this way! Stop this moment, I tell you!’ But shewent on all the same, shedding gallons of tears, until therewas a large pool all round her, about four inches deep andreaching half down the hall.After a time she heard a little pattering of feet in thedistance, and she hastily dried her eyes to see what wascoming. It was the White Rabbit returning, splendidlydressed, with a pair of white kid gloves in one hand and alarge fan in the other: he came trotting along in a greathurry, muttering to himself as he came, ‘Oh! the Duchess,the Duchess! Oh! won’t she be savage if I’ve kept herwaiting!’ Alice felt so desperate that she was ready to askhelp of any one; so, when the Rabbit came near her, she12 of 130

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderlandbegan, in a low, timid voice, ‘If you please, sir—’ TheRabbit started violently, dropped the white kid gloves andthe fan, and skurried away into the darkness as hard as hecould go.Alice took up the fan and gloves, and, as the hall wasvery hot, she kept fanning herself all the time she went ontalking: ‘Dear, dear! How queer everything is to-day! Andyesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I’vebeen changed in the night? Let me think: was I the samewhen I got up this morning? I almost think I canremember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same,the next question is, Who in the world am I? Ah, that’sthe great puzzle!’ And she began thinking over all thechildren she knew that were of the same age as herself, tosee if she could have been changed for any of them.’I’m sure I’m not Ada,’ she said, ‘for her hair goes insuch long ringlets, and mine doesn’t go in ringlets at all;and I’m sure I can’t be Mabel, for I know all sorts ofthings, and she, oh! she knows such a very little! Besides,she’s she, and I’m I, and—oh dear, how puzzling it all is!I’ll try if I know all the things I used to know. Let me see:four times five is twelve, and four times six is thirteen, andfour times seven is—oh dear! I shall never get to twenty atthat rate! However, the Multiplication Table doesn’t13 of 130

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderlandsignify: let’s try Geography. London is the capital of Paris,and Paris is the capital of Rome, and Rome—no, that’s allwrong, I’m certain! I must have been changed for Mabel!I’ll try and say ‘How doth the little—‘‘ and she crossed herhands on her lap as if she were saying lessons, and began torepeat it, but her voice sounded hoarse and strange, andthe words did not come the same as they used to do:—’How doth the little crocodileImprove his shining tail,And pour the waters of the NileOn every golden scale!‘How cheerfully he seems to grin,How neatly spread his claws,And welcome little fishes inWith gently smiling jaws!’’I’m sure those are not the right words,’ said poorAlice, and her eyes filled with tears again as she went on,‘I must be Mabel after all, and I shall have to go and live inthat poky little house, and have next to no toys to playwith, and oh! ever so many lessons to learn! No, I’ve madeup my mind about it; if I’m Mabel, I’ll stay down here!It’ll be no use their putting their heads down and saying‘Come up again, dear!’ I shall only look up and say ‘Who14 of 130

eBook brought to you byAlice’s Adventures in WonderlandCreate, view, and edit PDF. Download the free trial I then? Tell me that first, and then, if I like being thatperson, I’ll come up: if not, I’ll stay down here till I’msomebody else’—but, oh dear!’ cried Alice, with a suddenburst of tears, ‘I do wish they would put their heads down!I am so very tired of being all alone here!’As she said this she looked down at her hands, and wassurprised to see that she had put on one of the Rabbit’slittle white kid gloves while she was talking. ‘How can Ihave done that?’ she thought. ‘I must be growing smallagain.’ She got up and went to the table to measure herselfby it, and found that, as nearly as she could guess, she wasnow about two feet high, and was going on shrinkingrapidly: she soon found out that the cause of this was thefan she was holding, and she dropped it hastily, just intime to avoid shrinking away altogether.’That was a narrow escape!’ said Alice, a good dealfrightened at the sudden change, but very glad to findherself still in existence; ‘and now for the garden!’ and sheran with all speed back to the little door: but, alas! thelittle door was shut again, and the little golden key waslying on the glass table as before, ‘and things are worsethan ever,’ thought the poor child, ‘for I never was sosmall as this before, never! And I declare it’s too bad, thatit is!’15 of 130

Alice’s Adventures in WonderlandAs she said these words her foot slipped, and in anothermoment, splash! she was up to her chin in salt water. Herfirst idea was that she had somehow fallen into the sea,‘and in that case I can go back by railway,’ she said toherself. (Alice had been to the seaside once in her life, andhad come to the general conclusion, that wherever you goto on the English coast you find a number of bathingmachines in the sea, some children digging in the sandwith wooden spades, then a row of lodging houses, andbehind them a railway station.) However, she soon madeout that she was in the pool of tears which she had weptwhen she was nine feet high.’I wish I hadn’t cried so much!’ said Alice, as she swamabout, trying to find her way out. ‘I shall be punished forit now, I suppose, by being drowned in my own tears!That will be a queer thing, to be sure! However,everything is queer to-day.’Just then she heard something splashing about in thepool a little way off, and she swam nearer to make outwhat it was: at first she thought it must be a walrus orhippopotamus, but then she remembered how small shewas now, and she soon made out that it was only a mousethat had slipped in like herself.16 of 130

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’Would it be of any use, now,’ thought Alice, ‘to speakto this mouse? Everything is so out-of-the-way downhere, that I should think very likely it can talk: at any rate,there’s no harm in trying.’ So she began: ‘O Mouse, doyou know the way out of this pool? I am very tired ofswimming about here, O Mouse!’ (Alice thought this mustbe the right way of speaking to a mouse: she had neverdone such a thing before, but she remembered having seenin her brother’s Latin Grammar, ‘A mouse—of a mouse—to a mouse—a mouse—O mouse!’ The Mouse looked ather rather inquisitively, and seemed to her to wink withone of its little eyes, but it said nothing.’Perhaps it doesn’t understand English,’ thought Alice;‘I daresay it’s a French mouse, come over with Williamthe Conqueror.’

you drink much from a bottle marked ‘poison,’ it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later. However, this bottle was not marked ‘poison,’ so Alice ventured to taste it, and finding it very nice, (it had, in fact, a sort of mixed flavour of cherry-tart, custard, pine-apple, roast turkey, toffee, and hot buttered toast,) she .

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