“Goodbye, feet! Oh my poor little feet, I wonder who will put on your shoes and stockings for you now, dears? I’m sure I shall not be able! I shall be a great deal too far off to trouble myself about you: you must manage the best way you can — but I must be kind to them,” thought Alice, “or perhaps they won’t walk the way I want to go! Let me see. I’ll give them a new pair of boots every Christmas.”
And she went on planning to herself how she would manage it. ” They must go by the carrier,” she thought; ” and how funny it’ll seem, sending presents to one’s own feet! And how odd the directions will look!
Alice’s Right Foot, Esq.
?near the Fender,
?(with Alice’s love).
Oh dear, what nonsense I’m talking!”
Just then her head struck against the roof of the hall: in fact she was now more than nine feet tall, and she at once took up the little golden key and hurried off to the garden door.
Poor Alice! It was as much as she could do, lying down on one side, to look through into the garden with one eye; but to get through was now hopeless than ever: she sat down and began to cry again.
“You ought to be ashamed of yourself,” said Alice, “a great girl like you, to go on crying this way! Stop this moment, I tell you!” But she went on all the same, shedding gallons of tears, until there was a large pool all around her, about four inches deep and reaching half down the hall.
After a time she heard a little pattering of feet in the distance, and she hastily dried her eyes to see what was coming. It was the White Rabbit returning, spelndidly dressed, with a pair of white kid-gloves in one hand and a large fan in the other: he came trotting along in a great hurry, muttering to himself, as he came, “Oh! The Duchess, the Duchess! Oh! Won’t she be savage if I’ve kept her waiting!” Alice felt so desperate that she was ready to ask help of anyone: so, when the Rabbit came near her she began, in a low, timid voice, “If you please, Sir-” The Rabbit started violently dropped the white kid-gloves and the fan, and skurried away into the darkness as hard as he could go.
Alice took up the fan and gloves, and as the hall was very hot, she kept fanning herself all the time she went on talking. “Dear, dear! How queer everything is today! And yesterday the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can rememebr feeling a little the world am I!” Ah, that’s the great puzzle!” And she began thinking over all the children she knew that were of the same age as herself, to see if she could have been changed for any of them.
“I’m sure I’m not Ada, ” she said, “for her hair goes in such long ringlets, and mine doesn’t go in ringlets at all; and I’m oh, she knows such a very little! Besides, she’s she, and I’m I, things I used to know. Let me see: four times five is twelve, and four times six is thirteen and four times seven is — oh dear! I shall never get to twenty at that rate! However, the Multiplicatiojn Table doesn’t signify; let’s try Geography. London is the capital of Paris, and Paris is the capital of Rome, and Rome – no, that’s all wrong, I’m certain! I must have been changed for Mabel! I’ll try and say “How doth the little -,” and she crossed her hands on her lap, as if she were saying lessons, and began to repeat it, but her voice sounded hoarse and strange, and the words did not come the same as they used to do:
“How doth the little crocodile? Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
?On every golden scale!
“How cheerfully he seems to grin,
?How neatly spreads his claws,
And welcome little fishes in,
? With gently smiling jaws!”
“I’m sure those are not the right words,” said poor Alice, and Mabel after all, and I shall have to go and live in that poky little house, and have next to no one to play with, and oh, ever so many lessons to learn! No, I’ve made up my mind about it: if I’m Mabel, I’ll stay down here! It’ll be no use their putting their heads down and saying “Come up again, dear!” I shall only look up and say “Who am I then? Tell me that first and then, if I like being that person, I’ll come up: if not, I’ll stay down here till I’m somebody else’- but, oh dear!” cried Alice, with a sudden burst of tears, “I do wish they would put their heads down! I am so very tired of being all alone here!”
As she said this she looked down at her hands, and was surprised to see that she had put on one of the Rabbit’s little white kid-glove while she was talking. “How can I have done that” she thought. ” I must be growing small again.” she got up and went to the table to measure herself by it, and found that, as nearly as she could guess, she was not about two feet tall, and was going on shrinking rapidly: she soon found out that the cause of this was the fan she was holding, and she dropped it hastily, just in time to save herself from shrinking away altogehter.
“That was a narrow escape!” said Alice, a good deal frightened at the sudden change, but very glad to find herself still in existence. “and now for the garden! And she ran with all speed back to the little door; but, alas! the little door was shut again and the little golden key was lying on the glass table as before, “and things are worse than ever,” thought the poor child, “for I never was so small as this before, never! And I declare it’s too bad, that it is!”
「我敢肯定我不是艾達，」她說，「因為她的頭髮卷得很長，而我的頭髮根本就沒有卷；而且她知道的太少了！而且，她是她，我是我。讓我想想：四乘五是十二，四乘六是十三，四乘七是 — 天哪！以我這種慢速度，我永遠都到不了二十。但是，乘法表並不代表什麼。讓我們試試地理。倫敦是巴黎的首都，巴黎是羅馬的首都，而羅馬 – 不，那都是錯的，我敢肯定！