L>Alice"s Adventures in Wonderland -- chapter VIIPrevious chapter: Pig and also PepperCHAPTER VII A mad Tea-Party There to be a table collection out under a tree in front of the house,and the in march Hare and also the baht were having tea in ~ it: aDormouse to be sitting in between them, rapid asleep, and also the various other twowere utilizing it as a cushion, resting their elbows on it, and talkingover the head. `Very uncomfortable because that the Dormouse," believed Alice;`only, as it"s asleep, I intend it doesn"t mind." The table to be a big one, however the 3 were every crowdedtogether in ~ one corner of it: `No room! No room!" lock criedout once they observed Alice coming. `There"s many of room!" saidAlice indignantly, and she sat down in a big arm-chair at oneend of the table.Mad Tea Party `Have some wine," the march Hare claimed in one encouraging tone. Alice looked all round the table, however there to be nothing on itbut tea. `I don"t see any type of wine," she remarked. `There isn"t any," said the march Hare. `Then it wasn"t very civil of friend to offer it," claimed Aliceangrily. `It wasn"t very civil that you to sit under without beinginvited," stated the in march Hare. `I didn"t understand it was her table," stated Alice; `it"s laid for agreat many much more than three." `Your hair wants cutting," said the Hatter. He had actually beenlooking at Alice for some time with an excellent curiosity, and also this washis an initial speech. `You should find out not to make an individual remarks," Alice saidwith some severity; `it"s very rude." The Hatter opened up his eyes really wide on hear this; yet allhe said was, `Why is a raven choose a writing-desk?" `Come, we shall have actually some fun now!" thought Alice. `I"m gladthey"ve begun asking riddles.--I believe I have the right to guess that," sheadded aloud. `Do you median that girlfriend think friend can find out the answer come it?"said the march Hare. `Exactly so," stated Alice. `Then you need to say what girlfriend mean," the in march Hare went on. `I do," Alice hastily replied; `at least--at the very least I median whatI say--that"s the exact same thing, you know." `Not the same thing a bit!" said the Hatter. `You might justas well say that "I view what ns eat" is the same thing as "I eatwhat i see"!"Hatter engaging in rhetoric `You can just too say," included the in march Hare, `that "Ilike what i get" is the exact same thing together "I obtain what i like"!" `You can just also say," added the Dormouse, who appeared tobe talking in his sleep, `that "I breathe when I sleep" is thesame point as "I sleep once I breathe"!" `It is the exact same thing through you," said the Hatter, and also here theconversation dropped, and also the party sat silent for a minute,while Alice thought over every she can remember around ravens andwriting-desks, i beg your pardon wasn"t much. The baht was the an initial to rest the silence. `What day ofthe month is it?" he said, turning to Alice: he had actually taken hiswatch the end of his pocket, and was looking in ~ it uneasily, shakingit every now and also then, and also holding it to his ear. Alice considered a little, and also then stated `The fourth." `Two job wrong!" sighed the Hatter. `I told girlfriend butterwouldn"t fit the works!" he included looking angrily at the MarchHare. `It to be the ideal butter," the march Hare meekly replied. `Yes, however some crumbs have to have got in as well," the Hattergrumbled: `you shouldn"t have put it in v the bread-knife." The in march Hare take it the watch and looked at it gloomily: thenhe dipped it into his cup that tea, and looked in ~ it again: but hecould think of nothing better to say than his an initial remark, `Itwas the best butter, friend know." Alice had been looking end his shoulder v some curiosity.`What a funny watch!" she remarked. `It speak the day of themonth, and also doesn"t tell what o"clock it is!" `Why should it?" muttered the Hatter. `Does your watch tellyou what year it is?" `Of food not," Alice replied really readily: `but that"sbecause it stays the exact same year because that such a long time together." `Which is simply the situation with mine," said the Hatter. Alice felt dreadfully puzzled. The Hatter"s remark appeared tohave no sort of definition in it, and yet the was absolutely English.`I don"t quite understand you," she said, as politely as shecould. `The Dormouse is asleep again," claimed the Hatter, and he poureda little hot tea upon its nose. The Dormouse shook its head impatiently, and also said, withoutopening the eyes, `Of course, the course; simply what i was going toremark myself." `Have friend guessed the riddle yet?" the baht said, transforming toAlice again. `No, I provide it up," Alice replied: `what"s the answer?" `I haven"t the little idea," claimed the Hatter. `Nor I," claimed the march Hare. Alice sighed wearily. `I think you might do other betterwith the time," she said, `than waste that in asking riddles thathave no answers." `If girlfriend knew Time and I do," claimed the Hatter, `youwouldn"t talk around wasting it. It"s him." `I don"t understand what you mean," stated Alice. `Of food you don"t!" the baht said, tossing his headcontemptuously. `I dare say girlfriend never also spoke come Time!" `Perhaps not," Alice cautiously replied: `but I recognize I have tobeat time when I find out music." `Ah! the accounts for it," stated the Hatter. `He won"t standbeating. Now, if you just kept on an excellent terms v him, he"d doalmost something you chosen with the clock. For instance, supposeit to be nine o"clock in the morning, simply time to begin lessons:you"d only need to whisper a hint come Time, and round goes theclock in a twinkling! Half-past one, time for dinner!" (`I just wish it was," the march Hare stated to itself in awhisper.) `That would be grand, certainly," said Alice thoughtfully:`but then--I shouldn"t it is in hungry because that it, friend know." `Not at first, perhaps," said the Hatter: `but you could keepit to half-past one as long as you liked." `Is the the method you manage?" Alice asked. The hatter shook his head mournfully. `Not I!" the replied.`We quarrelled last March--just before he went mad, girlfriend know--"(pointing through his tea spoon in ~ the in march Hare,) `--it was at thegreat concert given by the Queen of Hearts, and also I had to sing "Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! just how I wonder what you"re at!"You understand the song, perhaps?" `I"ve heard something prefer it," said Alice. `It goes on, friend know," the hatter continued, `in this way:-- "Up over the people you fly, prefer a tea-tray in the sky. Twinkle, twinkle--""Here the Dormouse shook itself, and began to sing in the sleep`Twinkle, twinkle, twinkle, twinkle--" and also went on so long thatthey had actually to pinch it to make it stop. `Well, I"d hardly finished the first verse," stated the Hatter,`when the Queen jumped up and also bawled out, "He"s murdering thetime! Off v his head!"" `How dreadfully savage!" exclaimed Alice. `And ever because that," the hatter went ~ above in a mournful tone,`he won"t execute a point I ask! It"s always six o"clock now." A bright idea came right into Alice"s head. `Is that the reason somany tea-things are placed out here?" she asked. `Yes, that"s it," stated the Hatter with a sigh: `it"s alwaystea-time, and also we"ve no time to to wash the things in between whiles." `Then girlfriend keep relocating round, i suppose?" stated Alice. `Exactly so," said the Hatter: `as the things gain used up." `But what happens as soon as you involved the start again?" Aliceventured come ask. `Suppose we change the subject," the march Hare interrupted,yawning. `I"m getting tired of this. I vote the young ladytells united state a story." `I"m afraid ns don"t recognize one," stated Alice, rather alarmed atthe proposal. `Then the Dormouse shall!" castle both cried. `Wake up,Dormouse!" and they pinched it on both sides at once. The Dormouse slowly opened his eyes. `I wasn"t asleep," hesaid in a hoarse, feeble voice: `I heard every word friend fellowswere saying." `Tell united state a story!" stated the march Hare. `Yes, you re welcome do!" pleaded Alice. `And be quick around it," included the Hatter, `or you"ll be asleepagain prior to it"s done." `Once ~ above a time there were three small sisters," theDormouse started in a good hurry; `and your names to be Elsie,Lacie, and Tillie; and they live at the bottom that a well--" `What go they live on?" claimed Alice, who constantly took a greatinterest in inquiries of eating and drinking. `They live on treacle," stated the Dormouse, after thinking aminute or two. `They couldn"t have done that, girlfriend know," Alice gentlyremarked; `they"d have actually been ill." `So they were," said the Dormouse; `very ill." Alice tried to sophisticated to herself what such an especially waysof living would be like, yet it puzzled her as well much, for this reason she wenton: `But why walk they live in ~ the bottom that a well?" `Take some more tea," the march Hare said to Alice, veryearnestly. `I"ve had actually nothing yet," Alice responded in an offended tone, `soI can"t take it more." `You typical you can"t take less," stated the Hatter: `it"s veryeasy come take more than nothing." `Nobody asked your opinion," said Alice. `Who"s making an individual remarks now?" the baht askedtriumphantly. Alice did not quite know what to say to this: for this reason she helpedherself to part tea and also bread-and-butter, and then turned come theDormouse, and also repeated she question. `Why walk they live at thebottom of a well?" The Dormouse again took a minute or two to think about it, andthen said, `It was a treacle-well." `There"s no together thing!" Alice was beginning an extremely angrily, butthe Hatter and also the in march Hare walk `Sh! sh!" and also the Dormousesulkily remarked, `If girlfriend can"t it is in civil, you"d better finish thestory because that yourself." `No, you re welcome go on!" Alice said very humbly; `I won"t interruptagain. I challenge say there may be one." `One, indeed!" claimed the Dormouse indignantly. However, heconsented to go on. `And so these three little sisters--theywere discovering to draw, you know--" `What walk they draw?" stated Alice, fairly forgetting her promise. `Treacle," said the Dormouse, without considering at every thistime. `I desire a clean cup," interrupted the Hatter: `let"s every moveone ar on." He relocated on together he spoke, and the Dormouse complied with him: theMarch Hare moved right into the Dormouse"s place, and Alice ratherunwillingly took the location of the in march Hare. The baht was theonly one who obtained any advantage from the change: and Alice to be agood deal worse off 보다 before, as the march Hare had just upsetthe milk-jug right into his plate. Alice did not wish to offend the Dormouse again, for this reason she beganvery cautiously: `But ns don"t understand. Where did they drawthe treacle from?" `You can attract water out of a water-well," said the Hatter; `soI must think you can draw treacle the end of a treacle-well--eh,stupid?" `But they to be in the well," Alice claimed to the Dormouse, notchoosing to an alert this last remark. `Of course they were", claimed the Dormouse; `--well in." This answer for this reason confused negative Alice, that she allow the Dormousego ~ above for part time without interrupting it. `They were discovering to draw," the Dormouse walk on, yawning andrubbing the eyes, because that it was getting an extremely sleepy; `and lock drewall way of things--everything that starts with one M--" `Why v an M?" stated Alice. `Why not?" said the march Hare. Alice to be silent. The Dormouse had closed its eye by this time, and was goingoff into a doze; but, on being pinched by the Hatter, it wake up upagain through a little shriek, and went on: `--that begins with anM, such together mouse-traps, and the moon, and memory, and also muchness--you understand you speak things room "much that a muchness"--did girlfriend eversee together a point as a drawing of a muchness?" `Really, currently you asking me," stated Alice, an extremely much confused, `Idon"t think--" `Then girlfriend shouldn"t talk," claimed the Hatter. This item of rudeness was more than Alice can bear: she gotup in good disgust, and also walked off; the Dormouse dropped asleepinstantly, and neither of the others took the least notification of hergoing, despite she looked earlier once or twice, half hoping thatthey would call after her: the last time she experienced them, they weretrying to placed the Dormouse right into the teapot.Hatter and Hare dunking Dormouse `At any kind of rate I"ll never go over there again!" said Alice together shepicked her way through the wood. `It"s the stupidest tea-party Iever was at in every my life!" just as she said this, she i found it that among the trees had actually adoor leading right right into it. `That"s really curious!" she thought.`But everything"s curious today. Ns think i may too go in in ~ once."And in she went. Once much more she uncovered herself in the lengthy hall, and close to thelittle glass table.


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`Now, I"ll manage much better this time,"she claimed to herself, and began by acquisition the little golden key,and unlocking the door that led into the garden. Climate she wentto work nibbling in ~ the mushroom (she had kept a item of itin she pocket) it rotates she was about a foot high: then she to walk downthe small passage: and then--she found herself at last in thebeautiful garden, among the bright flower-beds and the cool fountains.Next chapter: The Queen"s Croquet-Ground