Adventures in Wonderland
A mad tea-party, Lewis Carroll, Seite 1 ( von 5 )
There was a table set out under a tree in front of the house, and the March
Hare and the Hatter were having tea at it: a Dormouse was sitting between them,
fast asleep, and the other two were using it as a cushion, resting their elbows
on it, and talking over its head. "Very uncomfortable for the
Dormouse," thought Alice; "only, as it's asleep, I suppose it doesn't
The table was a large one, but the three were all crowded together at one
corner of it: "No room! No room!" they cried out when they saw Alice
room!" said Alice indignantly, and she sat down in a large arm-chair at
one end of the table.
"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.
"Then it wasn't very civil of you to offer it," said Alice angrily.
"It wasn't very civil of you to sit down without being invited," said
the March Hare.
"I didn't know it was
table," said Alice; "it's laid for a great many more than
"Your hair wants cutting," said the Hatter. He had been looking at
Alice for some time with great curiosity, and this was his first speech.
"You should learn not to make personal remarks," Alice said with some
severity: "it's very rude."
The Hatter opened his eyes very wide on hearing this; but all he said
was, "Why is a raven like a writing-desk?"
"Come, we shall have some fun now!" thought Alice. "I'm glad
they've begun asking riddles. - I believe I can guess that," she added
"Do you mean that you think you can find out the answer to it?" said
the March Hare.
"Exactly so," said Alice.
"Then you should say what you mean," the March Hare went on.
"I do," Alice hastily replied; "at least - at least I mean what
I say - that's the same thing, you know."
"Not the same thing a bit!" said the Hatter. "Why, you might
just as well say that 'I see what I eat' is the same thing as 'I eat what I
"You might just as well say," added the March Hare, "that 'I
like what I get' is the same thing as 'I get what I like'!"
"You might just as well say," added the Dormouse, who seemed to be
talking in his sleep, "that 'I breathe when I sleep' is the same thing as
'I sleep when I breathe'!"
"It is the
same thing with you," said the Hatter, and here the conversation dropped,
and the party sat silent for a minute, while Alice thought over all she could
remember about ravens and writing-desks, which wasn't much.
The Hatter was the first to break the silence. "What day of the month is
it?" he said, turning to Alice: he had taken his watch out of his pocket,
and was looking at it uneasily, shaking it every now and then, and holding it
to his ear.
Alice considered a little, and then said, "The fourth."
"Two days wrong!" sighed the Hatter. "I told you butter wouldn't
suit the works!" he added, looking angrily at the March Hare.
"It was the best butter,"
the March Hare meekly replied.