and what Alice
Queen Alice, Lewis Carroll, Seite 7 ( von 8 )
The White Queen laughed with delight, and stroked Alice's cheek. Than she
fish must be caught.'
That is easy: a baby, I think, could have caught it.
'Next, the fish must be bought.'
That is easy: a penny, I think, would have bought it.
'Now cook me the fish!'
That is easy, and will not take more than a minute.
'Let it lie in a dish!'
That is easy, because it already is in it.
'Bring it here! Let me sup!'
It is easy to set such a dish on the table.
'Take the dish-cover up!'
Ah, that is so hard that I fear I'm unable!
For it holds it like glue -
Holds the lid to the dish, while it lies in the middle:
Which is easiest to do,
Un-dish-cover the fish, or dishcover the riddle?"
"Take a minute to think about it, and then guess," said the Red
Queen. "Meanwhile, we'll drink your health - Queen Alice's health!"
she screamed at the top of her voice, and all the guests began drinking it
directly, and very queerly they managed it: some of them put their glasses upon
their heads like extinguishers, and drank all that trickled down their faces -
others upset the decanters, and drank the wine as it ran off the edges of the
table - and three of them (who looked like kangaroos) scrambled into the dish
of roast mutton, and began eagerly lapping up the gravy, "just like pigs
in a trough!" thought Alice.
"You ought to return thanks in a neat speech," the Red Queen said,
frowning at Alice as she spoke.
"We must support you, you know," the White Queen whispered, as Alice
got up to do it, very obediently, but a little frightened.
"Thank you very much," she whispered in reply, "but I can do
quite well without."
"That wouldn't be at all the thing," the Red Queen said very
decidedly: so Alice tried to submit to it with a good grace.
("And they did push so!"
she said afterwards, when she was telling her sister the history of the feast.
"You would have thought they wanted to squeeze me flat!")
In fact it was rather difficult for her to keep in her place while she made her
speech: the two Queens pushed her so, one on each side, that they nearly lifted
her up into the air: "I rise to return thanks -" Alice began: and she
really did rise
as she spoke, several inches; but she got hold of the edge of the table, and
managed to pull herself down again.
"Take care of yourself!" screamed the White Queen, seizing Alice's
hair with both her hands. "Something's going to happen!"