and what Alice
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"I declare it's marked out just like a large chess-board!" Alice said
at last. "There ought to be some men moving about somewhere - and so there
are!" she added in a tone of delight, and her heart began to beat quick
with excitement as she went on. "It's a great huge game of chess that's
being played - all over the world - if this
is the world at
all, you know. Oh, what fun it is! How I
wish I was one
of them! I wouldn't mind being a Pawn, if only I might join - though of course
I should like to
be a Queen, best."
She glanced rather shyly at the real Queen as she said this, but her companion
only smiled pleasantly, and said, "That's easily managed. You can be the
White Queen's Pawn, if you like, as Lily's too young to play; and you're in the
Second Square to begin with: when you get to the Eighth Square you'll be a
Queen -" Just at this moment, somehow or other, they began to run.
Alice never could quite make out, in thinking it over afterwards, how it was
that they began: all she remembers is, that they were running hand in hand, and
the Queen went so fast that it was all she could do to keep up with her: and
still the Queen kept crying "Faster! Faster!" but Alice felt she
could not go
faster, though she had no breath left to say so.
The most curious part of the thing was, that the trees and the other things
round them never changed their places at all: however fast they went, they
never seemed to pass anything. "I wonder if all the things move along with
us?" thought poor puzzled Alice. And the Queen seemed to guess her
thoughts, for she cried, "Faster! Don't try to talk!"
Not that Alice had any idea of doing
that. She felt
as if she would never be able to talk again, she was getting so much out of
breath: and still the Queen cried "Faster! Faster!" and dragged her
along. "Are we nearly there?" Alice managed to pant out at last.
"Nearly there!" the Queen repeated. "Why, we passed it ten
minutes ago! Faster!" And they ran on for a time in silence, with the wind
whistling in Alice's ears, and almost blowing her hair off her head, she
"Now! Now!" cried the Queen. "Faster! Faster!" And they
went so fast that at last they seemed to skim through the air, hardly touching
the ground with their feet, till suddenly, just as Alice was getting quite
exhausted, they stopped, and she found herself sitting on the ground,
breathless and giddy.
The Queen propped her up against a tree, and said kindly, "You may rest a
Alice looked round her in great surprise. "Why, I do believe we've been
under this tree the whole time! Everything's just as it was!"
"Of course it is," said the Queen: "what yould you have
"Well, in our country,"
said Alice, still panting a little, "you'd generally get to somewhere else
- if you ran very fast for a long time, as we've been doing."
"A slow sort of country!" said the Queen. "Now,
here, you see,
it takes all the running
you can do, to
keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at
least twice as fast as that!"
"I'd rather not try, please!" said Alice. "I'm quite content to
stay here - only I am so hot and
"I know what you'd like!"
the Queen said good-naturedly, taking a little box out of her pocket.
"Have a biscuit?"
Alice thought it would not be civil to say "No," though it wasn't at
all what she wanted. So she took it, and ate it as well as she could: and it
was very dry;
and she thought she had never been so nearly choked in all her life.