Queen Alice

Well,thisIsgrand!’saidAlice.‘IneverexpectedIshouldbeaQueensosoonandI’lltellyouwhatitis,yourmajesty,’shewentoninaseveretone(shewasalwaysratherfondofscoldingherself),‘it’llneverdoforyoutobelollingaboutonthegrasslikethat!Queenshavetobedignified,youknow!’

Soshegotupandwalkedaboutratherstifflyjustatfirst,asshewasafraidthatthecrownmightcomeoff:butshecomfortedherselfwiththethoughtthattherewasnobodytoseeher,‘andifIreallyamaQueen,’shesaidasshesatdownagain,‘Ishallbeabletomanageitquitewellintime.

Everythingwashappeningsooddlythatshedidn’tfeelabitsurprisedatfindingtheRedQueenandtheWhiteQueensittingclosetoher,oneoneachside:shewouldhavelikedverymuchtoaskthemhowtheycamethere,butshefeareditwouldnotbequitecivil.However,therewouldbenoharm,shethought,inaskingifthegamewasover.‘Please,wouldyoutellmeshebegan,lookingtimidlyattheRedQueen.

‘Speakwhenyou’respokento!’TheQueensharplyinterruptedher.

‘Butifeverybodyobeyedthatrule,’saidAlice,whowasalwaysreadyforalittleargument,‘andifyouonlyspokewhenyouwerespokento,andtheotherpersonalwayswaitedforyoutobegin,youseenobodywouldeversayanything,sothat

‘Ridiculous!’criedtheQueen.‘Why,don’tyousee,childhereshebrokeoffwithafrown,and,afterthinkingforaminute,suddenlychangedthesubjectoftheconversation.

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