Looking-Glass Insects

Ofcoursethefirstthingtodowastomakeagrandsurveyofthecountryshewasgoingtotravelthrough.‘It’ssomethingverylikelearninggeography,’thoughtAlice,asshestoodontiptoeinhopesofbeingabletoseealittlefurther.‘Principalriverstherearenone.PrincipalmountainsI’montheonlyone,butIdon’tthinkit’sgotanyname.Principaltownswhy,whatarethosecreatures,makinghoneydownthere?Theycan’tbebeesnobodyeversawbeesamileoff,youknowandforsometimeshestoodsilent,watchingoneofthemthatwasbustlingaboutamongtheflowers,pokingitsproboscisintothem,‘justasifitwasaregularbee,’thoughtAlice.

However,thiswasanythingbutaregularbee:infactitwasanelephantasAlicesoonfoundout,thoughtheideaquitetookherbreathawayatfirst.‘Andwhatenormousflowerstheymustbe!’washernextidea.‘Somethinglikecottageswiththeroofstakenoff,andstalksputtothemandwhatquantitiesofhoneytheymustmake!IthinkI’llgodownandno,Iwon’tjustyet,’shewenton,checkingherselfjustasshewasbeginningtorundownthehill,andtryingtofindsomeexcuseforturningshysosuddenly.‘It’llneverdotogodownamongthemwithoutagoodlongbranchtobrushthemawayandwhatfunit’llbewhentheyaskmehowIlikemywalk.

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