Humpty Dumpty

However,theeggonlygotlargerandlarger,andmoreandmorehuman:whenshehadcomewithinafewyardsofit,shesawthatithadeyesandanoseandmouth;andwhenshehadcomeclosetoit,shesawclearlythatitwasHumptyDumptyhimself.‘Itcan’tbeanybodyelse!’shesaidtoherself.‘I’mascertainofit,asifhisnamewerewrittenalloverhisface.

Itmighthavebeenwrittenahundredtimes,easily,onthatenormousface.HumptyDumptywassittingwithhislegscrossed,likeaTurk,onthetopofahighwallsuchanarrowonethatAlicequitewonderedhowhecouldkeephisbalanceand,ashiseyesweresteadilyfixedintheoppositedirection,andhedidn’ttaketheleastnoticeofher,shethoughthemustbeastuffedfigureafterall.

‘Andhowexactlylikeaneggheis!’shesaidaloud,standingwithherhandsreadytocatchhim,forshewaseverymomentexpectinghimtofall.

‘It’sveryprovoking,’HumptyDumptysaidafteralongsilence,lookingawayfromAliceashespoke,‘tobecalledaneggvery!’

‘Isaidyoulookedlikeanegg,Sir,’Alicegentlyexplained.‘Andsomeeggsareverypretty,youknow’sheadded,hopingtoturnherremarkintoasortofacompliment.

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