Essay on the subject of Alice, Chapter 1: along the Rabbit-Hole
CHAPTER I. Down the Rabbit-Hole
Alice was starting to get very sick and tired of sitting by her sister in the bank, as well as having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped in to the book her sister was reading, nonetheless it had no pictures or conversations inside it, ‘and what’s the utilization of a book,’ thought Alice ‘without pictures or conversations?’
So she was considering in her own own mind (in addition to she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether or not the pleasure of earning a daisy-chain will be worth the problem to getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran near by her.
There clearly was nothing so VERY remarkable for the reason that; nor did Alice think it so quite definitely out from the real option 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 that she need to have wondered at this, but at the time all of it seemed quite natural); nevertheless when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WRIST WATCH AWAY FROM ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, after which hurried on, Alice began to her feet, for this flashed across her mind that she had no time before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a wrist watch to obtain from it, and burning with curiosity, she ran throughout the field after it, and fortunately was just over time to view it pop down a big rabbit-hole beneath the hedge.
An additional moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the field she was to move out again.
The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, after which dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not an instant to take into account stopping herself herself falling down a very deep well before she found.
Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had sufficient time as she took place to look about her and to wonder what was likely to happen next. First, she attempted to look down and then make out what she was arriving at, nonetheless it was too dark to see anything; then she looked at the sides of the well, and noticed which they were full of cupboards and book-shelves; every now and then she saw maps and pictures hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from a single of the shelves into one of the cupboards as she fell past it as she passed; it was labelled ‘ORANGE MARMALADE’, but to her great disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear of killing somebody, so managed to put it.
‘Well!’ thought Alice to herself, ‘after such a fall since this, I shall write my paper think nothing of tumbling down stairs! How brave they are going to all think me at home! Why, i mightn’t say anything about it, even when I fell off the top of the house!’ (Which was very likely true.)
Down, down, down. Would the fall NEVER arrive at a conclusion! ‘I wonder how miles that are many’ve fallen by this time?’ she said aloud. ‘I needs to be getting somewhere nearby the centre regarding the earth. Allow me to see: that would be four thousand miles down, I think–‘ (for, the thing is that, Alice had learnt a number of things of this sort in her own lessons within the schoolroom, and although this was not a tremendously good chance for showing off her knowledge, as there clearly was no one to listen to her, still it was good practice to say it over) ‘–yes, that’s concerning the right distance–but then I wonder what Latitude or Longitude I’ve surely got to?’ (Alice had no idea what Latitude was, or Longitude either, but thought these were nice grand words to state.)
Presently she began again. ‘I wonder if i will fall right THROUGH the planet earth! How funny it will seem to turn out among the social people that walk using their heads downward! The Antipathies, I think–‘ (she was rather glad there clearly was no one listening, this time, as it didn’t sound at all the right word) ‘–but i will have to question them what the name regarding the country is, you realize. Please, Ma’am, is it New Zealand or Australia?’ (and she tried to curtsey as she spoke–fancy CURTSEYING while you’re falling through the atmosphere! Do you are thought by you can manage it?) ‘And what an ignorant girl that is little’ll think me for asking! No, it’ll never do in order to ask: perhaps i will notice it written up somewhere.’
Down, down, down. There was nothing else to do, 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 will remember her saucer of milk at tea-time. Dinah my dear! You are wished by me were down here with me! There aren’t any mice within the fresh air, I’m afraid, you might catch a bat, and that is very like a mouse, you know. But do cats eat bats, I wonder?’ And here Alice begun 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 sometimes, ‘Do bats eat cats?’ for, the truth is, it didn’t much matter which way she put it as she couldn’t answer either question. 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 reality: did you ever eat a bat?’ when suddenly, thump! thump! down she came upon a heap of sticks and leaves that are dry plus the fall was over.
Alice had not been a bit hurt, and she jumped up on to her feet in a second: she looked up, but it was all dark overhead; before her was another long passage, while the White Rabbit was still in sight, hurrying down it. There was not a second to away be lost went Alice like the wind, and was just in time to listen to it say, since it turned a large part, ‘Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it’s 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 all round the hall, but they were all locked; and when Alice had been most of the way down one side or over the other, trying every door, she walked sadly along the middle, wondering how she was ever to leave again.
Suddenly she came upon just a little three-legged table, all made from solid glass; there was clearly 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, on the second time round, she came upon the lowest curtain she had not noticed before, and she tried the little golden key in the lock, and to her great delight it fitted behind it was a little door about fifteen inches high!
Alice opened the entranceway and discovered she knelt down and looked along the passage into the loveliest garden you ever saw that it led into a small passage, not much larger than a rat-hole. How she longed to get out of that dark hall, and wander about among those beds of bright flowers and those cool fountains, but she could not really get her head through the doorway; ‘and whether or not my head would proceed through,’ thought poor Alice, ‘it will be of almost no use without my shoulders. Oh, how I wish i really could shut up like a telescope! I believe I 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.