Tweedledum And Tweedledee

Theywerestandingunderatree,eachwithanarmroundtheother’sneck,andAliceknewwhichwaswhichinamoment,becauseoneofthemhad‘Dum’embroideredonhiscollar,andtheother‘Dee.‘Isupposethey’veeachgot“Tweedle“roundatthebackofthecollar,’shesaidtoherself.

Theystoodsostillthatshequiteforgottheywerealive,andshewasjustlookingroundtoseeiftheword“Tweedle“waswrittenatthebackofeachcollar,whenshewasstartledbyavoicecomingfromtheonemarked‘Dum.

‘Ifyouthinkwe’rewax-works,’hesaid,‘yououghttopay,youknow.Wax-worksweren’tmadetobelookedatfornothing,nohow!’

‘Contrariwise,’addedtheonemarked‘Dee,’‘ifyouthinkwe’realive,yououghttospeak.

‘I’msureI’mverysorry,’wasallAlicecouldsay;forthewordsoftheoldsongkeptringingthroughherheadlikethetickingofaclock,andshecouldhardlyhelpsayingthemoutloud:

‘TweedledumandTweedledee

Agreedtohaveabattle;

ForTweedledumsaidTweedledee

Hadspoiledhisnicenewrattle.

Justthenflewdownamonstrouscrow,

Asblackasatar-barrel;

Whichfrightenedboththeheroesso,

Theyquiteforgottheirquarrel.

‘Iknowwhatyou’rethinkingabout,’saidTweedledum:‘butitisn’tso,nohow.

‘Contrariwise,’continuedTweedledee,‘ifitwasso,itmightbe;andifitwereso,itwouldbe;butasitisn’t,itain’t.That’slogic.

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