CHAPTER I. Down the Rabbit-Hole
Alice was beginning to get very fed up with sitting by her sister from the bank, and of having absolutely nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped to the book her sister was reading, however it had no pictures or conversations in it, ‘and what is the use of a novel,’ thought Alice ‘without pictures or conversations?’
As she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her so she was considering in her own mind (as well.
There clearly was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so quite definitely out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, ‘Oh dear! Oh dear! I will be late!’ (when she thought it over afterwards, it occurred to her at it, and then hurried on, Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked.
In another moment down went Alice she was to get out again after it, never once considering how in the world.
The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for many way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a second to take into account stopping herself before she found herself falling down a very deep well.
Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was going to happen next for she had plenty of time. First, she tried to look down and also make out what she was arriving at, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked over the sides associated with the well, and noticed she saw maps and pictures hung upon pegs that they were filled with cupboards and book-shelves; here and there. She took down a jar in one associated with shelves as she passed; it had been labelled ‘ORANGE MARMALADE’, but to her great disappointment it absolutely was empty: she did in contrast to to drop the jar for concern about killing somebody, so were able to place it into one of several cupboards as she fell past it.
‘Well!’ thought Alice to herself, ‘after such a fall as this, i will think nothing of tumbling down stairs! How brave they’re going to all think me at home! Why, i mightn’t essaywritersite com write my paper for me say anything about any of it, even when I fell from the top of the house!’ (that was most likely true.)
Down, down, down. Would the fall NEVER started to an end! ‘I wonder how many miles I’ve fallen by this time around?’ she said aloud. ‘I should be getting somewhere close to the centre associated with the earth. Let me see: that might be four thousand miles down, I think–‘ (for, the thing is, Alice had learnt several things with this sort in her own lessons within the schoolroom, and although this is not an extremely good window of opportunity for showing off her knowledge, as there clearly was no body to listen to her, still it was good practice to say it over) ‘–yes, that’s about the right distance–but then I wonder what Latitude or Longitude I’ve got to?’ (Alice had no clue what Latitude was, or Longitude either, but thought they were nice grand words to say.)
Presently she began again. ‘I wonder if I shall fall all the way through the earth! How funny it’ll appear to come out among the people that walk with their heads downward! The Antipathies, I think–‘ (she was rather glad there WAS no one listening, this time, I shall have to ask them what the name of the country is, you know as it didn’t sound at all the right word) ‘–but. Please, Ma’am, is this New Zealand or Australia?’ (and she attempted to curtsey as she spoke–fancy CURTSEYING while you’re falling through the atmosphere! Can you are thought by you could manage it?) ‘And what an ignorant girl that is little’ll think me for asking! No, it’s going to never do in order to ask: perhaps it shall be seen by me written up somewhere.’
Down, down, down. There was nothing else to accomplish, so Alice soon began talking again. ‘Dinah’ll miss me very to-night that is much I should think!’ (Dinah was the cat.) ‘I hope they’ll remember her saucer of milk at tea-time. Dinah my dear! You are wished by me were down here beside me! There are not any mice when you look at the fresh air, i am afraid, however you might catch a bat, and that is very like a mouse, you know. But do cats eat bats, I wonder?’ And here Alice started initially to get rather sleepy, and went on saying to herself, in a dreamy sort of way, ‘Do cats eat bats? Do cats eat bats?’ and quite often, ‘Do bats eat cats?’ for, you see, as she could not answer either question, it didn’t much matter which way she put it. She felt that she was dozing off, together with just started to dream that she was walking in conjunction with Dinah, and saying to her very earnestly, ‘Now, Dinah, tell me the truth: do you ever eat a bat?’ when suddenly, thump! thump! down she come upon a heap of sticks and dry leaves, and also the fall was over.
Alice had not been a bit hurt, and she jumped through to to her feet in an instant: she looked up, but it was all dark overhead; before her was another long passage, in addition to White Rabbit was still in sight, hurrying down it. There was not a second to be lost: away went Alice just like the wind, and was just over time to know it say, since it turned a corner, ‘Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it is getting!’ She was close in a long, low hall, which was lit up by a row of lamps hanging from the roof behind it when she turned the corner, but the Rabbit was no longer to be seen: she found herself.
There have been doors at all times the hall, nevertheless they were all locked; so when Alice was in fact all the way down one side and up one other, trying every door, she walked sadly along the middle, wondering how she was ever to get out again.
Suddenly she came upon a little three-legged table, all made of solid glass; there was nothing that it might belong to one of the doors of the hall; but, alas! either the locks were too large, or the key was too small, but at any rate it would not open any of them on it except a tiny golden key, and Alice’s first thought was. However, regarding the second time round, she came upon the lowest curtain she had not noticed before, and behind it was a little door about fifteen inches high: she tried the tiny golden key in the lock, and to her great delight it fitted!
Alice opened the door and discovered that it led into a small passage, not much bigger than a rat-hole: she knelt down and looked across the passage in to the loveliest garden you ever saw. How she longed to leave of this dark hall, and wander about among those beds of bright flowers and those cool fountains, but she could not even get her head through the doorway; ‘and whether or not my head would proceed through,’ thought poor Alice, ‘it could be of hardly any use without my shoulders. Oh, the way I wish I could shut up like a telescope! I think i possibly could, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible if I only know how to begin.’ For.