Lewis Carrol – Through the Looking-Glass (II)

alice6* « Alice was too much puzzled to say anything, so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again. ‘They’ve a temper, some of them– particularly verbs, they’ re the proudest–adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs–however, I can manage the whole lot of them! Impenetrability! That’s what I say!’ ‘Would you tell me, please,’ said Alice ‘what that means?’ ‘Now you talk like a reasonable child,’ said Humpty Dumpty, looking very much pleased. ‘I meant by „impenetrability” that we’ve had enough of that subject, and  it would be just as well if you’d mention what you mean to do next, as I suppose you don’t mean to stop here all the rest of your life.’ ‘That’s a great deal to make one word mean,’ Alice said in a thoughtful tone.»

* «’If you can SEE whether I’m singing or not, you’ve sharper eyes than most.’»

 

alice7* «What do you suppose is the use of child without any meaning? Even a joke should have some meaning–and a child’s more important than a joke, I hope. You couldn’t deny that, even if you tried with both hands.’ ‘I don’t deny things with my HANDS,’ Alice objected. ‘Nobody said you did,’ said the Red Queen. ‘I said you couldn’t if you tried.’»

* «Try another Subtraction sum. Take a bone from a dog: what remains?’ Alice considered. ‘The bone wouldn’t remain, of course, if I took it–and the dog wouldn’t remain; it would come to bite me –and I’m sure I shouldn’t remain!’ ‘Then you think nothing would remain?’ said the Red Queen. ‘I think that’s the answer.’ ‘Wrong, as usual,’ said the Red Queen: ‘the dog’s temper would remain’. ‘But I don’t see how–‘ ‘Why, look here!’ the Red Queen cried. ‘The dog would lose its temper, wouldn’t it?’ ‘Perhaps it would,’ Alice replied cautiously. ‘Then if the dog went away, its temper would remain!’ the Queen exclaimed triumphantly.»

* «The Red Queen said, ‘That’s a poor thin way of doing things. Now HERE, we mostly have days and nights two or three at a time, and sometimes in the winter we take as many as five nights together–for warmth, you know.’»

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* «Ever drifting down the stream– Lingering in the golden gleam– Life, what is it but a dream?»

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