Which Dreamed it?

‘Yourmajestyshouldn’tpurrsoloud,’Alicesaid,rubbinghereyes,andaddressingthekitten,respectfully,yetwithsomeseverity.‘Youwokemeoutofoh!suchanicedream!Andyou’vebeenalongwithme,KittyallthroughtheLooking-Glassworld.Didyouknowit,dear?’

Itisaveryinconvenienthabitofkittens(Alicehadoncemadetheremark)that,whateveryousaytothem,theyalwayspurr.‘Ifthemwouldonlypurrfor“yes”andmewfor“no,”oranyruleofthatsort,’shehadsaid,‘sothatonecouldkeepupaconversation!Buthowcanyoutalkwithapersoniftheyalwayssaythesamething?’

Onthisoccasionthekittenonlypurred:anditwasimpossibletoguesswhetheritmeant‘yes’or‘no.

SoAlicehuntedamongthechessmenonthetabletillshehadfoundtheRedQueen:thenshewentdownonherkneesonthehearth-rug,andputthekittenandtheQueentolookateachother.‘Now,Kitty!’shecried,clappingherhandstriumphantly.‘Confessthatwaswhatyouturnedinto!’

(‘Butitwouldn’tlookatit,’shesaid,whenshewasexplainingthethingafterwardstohersister:‘itturnedawayitshead,andpretendednottoseeit:butitlookedalittleashamedofitself,soIthinkitmusthavebeentheRedQueen.’)

‘Situpalittlemorestiffly,dear!’Alicecriedwithamerrylaugh.‘Andcurtseywhileyou’rethinkingwhattowhattopurr.Itsavestime,remember!’Andshecaughtitupandgaveitonelittlekiss,‘justinhonourofhavingbeenaRedQueen.

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