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Alice in Wonderland
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Alice sat by the bank, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran by her muttering to itself `Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!’ It took a watch out of its waistcoat-pocket and disappeared under a hedge. In another moment Alice went after it.
Suddenly she came upon a little three-legged table, and she found a little bottle on it, round the neck of which was a paper label, with the words `DRINK ME' beautifully printed on it in large letters.
`What a curious feeling!' said Alice; `I must be shutting up like a telescope.' And so it was indeed: she was now only ten inches high.
She heard a little pattering of feet in the distance, it was the White Rabbit muttering to itself `The Duchess! The Duchess! Oh my dear paws!’ The rabbit was looking for a fan and a pair of white kid gloves.
Alice stretched herself up on tiptoe, and peeped over the edge of the mushroom. Her eyes immediately met those of a large caterpillar that was sitting on the top with its arms folded, quietly smoking a long hookah, and taking not the smallest notice.
The door led into a large kitchen, full of smoke from one end to the other. A cook was leaning over the fire, stirring a large cauldron. `There's certainly too much pepper in that soup!' Alice said to herself, as well as she could for sneezing.
The Cheshire Cat vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone. `Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin,' thought Alice; `but a grin without a cat!'
`Have some wine,' the March Hare said in an encouraging tone. Alice looked all round the table, but there was nothing on it but tea. `I don't see any wine,' she remarked. `There isn't any,' said the March Hare.
A large rose-tree stood near the entrance of the garden: the roses growing on it were white, but there were three gardeners at it, busily painting them red. `Why, they're only a pack of cards, after all. I needn't be afraid of them!'
Alice thought she had never seen such a curious croquet-ground in her life; the balls were live hedgehogs, the mallets live flamingoes, and the soldiers had to double themselves up and to stand on their hands and feet to make the arches.
Alice had never been in a court of justice before, but she had read about them in books, and she was quite pleased to find that she knew the name of nearly everything there. `That's the judge,' she said to herself, `because of his great wig.'
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