Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures Under Ground - Pages
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(Alice had no idea what Longitude was, or Latitude either, but she thought they were nice grand words to say.)
Presently she began again: "I wonder if I shall fall right through the
earth! How funny it'll be to come out among the people that walk with their heads
downwards! But I shall have to ask them what the name of the country is, you know.
Please, Ma'am, is this New Zealand or Australia?"-and she tried to curtsey
as she spoke, (fancy curtseying as you're falling through the air! do you
think you could manage it?) "and what an ignorant little girl she'll think me
for asking! No, it'll never do to ask: perhaps I shall see it written up somewhere."
Down, down, down: there was nothing else to do, so Alice soon began talking again.
"Dinah will miss me very much tonight, I should think!" (Dinah was the cat.) "I
hope they'll remember her saucer of milk at tea-time! Oh, dear Dinah, I wish I
had you here! There are no mice in the air, I'm afraid, but you might catch a
bat, and that's very like a mouse, you know, my dear. But do cats eat bats, I
wonder?" And here Alice began to get rather sleepy, and kept on saying to herself,
in a dreamy sort of way "do cats eat bats? do cats eat bats?" and sometimes, "do
bats eat cats?" for, as she couldn't answer either question, it didn't much matter
which way she put it. She felt that she was dozing off, and had just begun to
dream that she was walking hand in hand with Dinah, and was saying to her very
earnestly, "Now, Dinah, my dear, tell me the truth. Did you ever eat a bat?" when
suddenly, bump! bump! down she came upon a heap of sticks and shavings, and the
fall was over.
Alice was not a bit hurt, and jumped on to her feet directly: she looked up, but
it was all dark overhead; before her was another long passage, and the white rabbit
was still in sight, hurrying down it. There was not a moment to be lost: away
went Alice like the wind, and just heard it say, as it turned a corner, "my ears
and whiskers, how late it's getting!" She turned the corner after it, and instantly
found herself in a long, low hall, lit up by a row of lamps which hung from the