Lewis carroll. alice in wonderland

Lewis Carroll. Alice in Wonderland


CHAPTER I. Down the Rabbit-Hole

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the
Bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the
Book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in
It, ‘and what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice ‘without pictures or

So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
Hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure
Of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
Picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
Close by her.

There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, ‘Oh dear!
Oh dear! I shall be late!’ (when she thought it over afterwards, it
Occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
It all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
Never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch
To take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
After it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
Rabbit-hole under the hedge.

In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
In the world she was to get out again.

The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then
Dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think
About stopping herself before she found herself falling down a very deep

Either the well

was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
Plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
Going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
She was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she
Looked at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
Cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
Hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as
She passed; it was labelled ‘ORANGE MARMALADE’, but to her great
Disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
Of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
She fell past it.

‘Well!’ thought Alice to herself, ‘after such a fall as this, I shall
Think nothing of tumbling down stairs! How brave they’ll all think me at
Home! Why, I wouldn’t say anything 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 an end! ‘I wonder how
Many miles I’ve fallen by this time?’ she said aloud. ‘I must be getting
Somewhere near the centre of the earth. Let me see: that would be four
Thousand miles down, I think – ‘ (for, you see, Alice had learnt several
Things of this sort in her lessons in the schoolroom, and though this
Was not a VERY good opportunity for showing off her knowledge, as there
Was no one to listen to her, still it was good practice to say it over)
‘ – yes, that’s about the right distance – but then I wonder what Latitude
Or Longitude I’ve got to?’ (Alice had no idea what Latitude was, or
Longitude either, but thought they were nice grand words to say.)

Presently she began again. ‘I wonder if I shall fall right THROUGH the

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Lewis carroll. alice in wonderland