The Garden of Live Flowers

‘Ishouldseethegardenfarbetter,’saidAlicetoherself,‘ifIcouldgettothetopofthathill:andhere’sapaththatleadsstraighttoitatleast,no,itdoesn’tdothat(aftergoingafewyardsalongthepath,andturningseveralsharpcorners),‘butIsupposeitwillatlast.Buthowcuriouslyittwists!It’smorelikeacorkscrewthanapath!Well,thisturngoestothehill,Isupposeno,itdoesn’t!Thisgoesstraightbacktothehouse!Wellthen,I’lltryittheotherway.

Andsoshedid:wanderingupanddown,andtryingturnafterturn,butalwayscomingbacktothehouse,dowhatshewould.Indeed,once,whensheturnedacornerrathermorequicklythanusual,sheranagainstitbeforeshecouldstopherself.

‘It’snousetalkingaboutit,’Alicesaid,lookingupatthehouseandpretendingitwasarguingwithher.‘I’mnotgoinginagainyet.IknowIshouldhavetogetthroughtheLooking-glassagainbackintotheoldroomandthere’dbeanendofallmyadventures!’

So,resolutelyturningherbackuponthehouse,shesetoutoncemoredownthepath,determinedtokeepstraightontillshegottothehill.Forafewminutesallwentonwell,andshewasjustsaying,‘Ireallyshalldoitthistimewhenthepathgaveasuddentwistandshookitself(asshedescribeditafterwards),andthenextmomentshefoundherselfactuallywalkinginatthedoor.

‘Oh,it’stoobad!’shecried.

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