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Alice in Wonderland (27) [Alice in Wonderland]

Alice in Wonderland (27)

She was not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, but she said, " Please would you tell me why your cat grins like that ? "

" Because it's a Cheshire cat, "  said the Duchess, " and "that's why. Pig!"

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The last words was adressed to the baby, not to Alice.

So she took courage, and went on, " I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned. In fact, I didn't know that cats could grin. "

" They all can, " said the Duchess.

At this time, the cook took the cauldron of soup off the fire, and at once set to work throwing everything within her reach at the Duchess and the Babyーthe fire-irons came first, then followed a shower of sauce-pans, plates, and dishes.

The Duchess took no notice of them even when they hit her.

" If everybody minded their own business, the world would go round a deal faster then it does, " the Duchess said in a hoarse growl.
 

" Oh, don't bother me, " said the Duchess.
And she began nursing her child again, singing a sort of lullaby to the baby and giving a violent shake at the end of every line.
 

" Speak roughly to your little boy,
    And beat him when he sneezes:
  He only does it to annoy,
   Because he knows it teases.  "

                CHORUS
  (In which the cook and the baby joined):ー()
      " Wow
! wow ! wow ! "

While the Duchess sang the second verse of the song, she kept tossing the baby violently up and down.
The poor little thing howled so much.

"
I speak severely to my boy,
    I beat him when he sneezes:
 For he can thoroughly enjoy
   The pepper when he pleases ! "

             CHORUS
      " Wow ! wow ! Wow ! "

" Here, you may nurse it a bit, if you like ! " the Duchess said to Alice, tossing the baby at her as she spoke.

" I must go and get ready to play croquet with the Queen, " and she hurried out of the room.

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