Adventures in Wonderland
The mock turtle's story, Lewis Carroll, Seite 1 ( von 4 )
"You can't think how glad I am to see you again, you dear old thing!"
said the Duchess, as she tucked her arm affectionately into Alice's, and they
walked off together.
Alice was very glad to find her in such a pleasant temper, and thought to
herself that perhaps it was only the pepper that had made her so savage when
they met in the kitchen.
"When I'm a
Duchess," she said to herself, (not in a very hopeful tone though,)
"I won't have any pepper in my kitchen
at all. Soup
does very well without - Maybe it's always pepper that makes people
hot-tempered," she went on, very much pleased at having found out a new
kind of rule, "and vinegar that makes them sour - and camomile that makes
them bitter - and - and barley-sugar and such things that make children
sweet-tempered. I only wish people knew
that: then they
wouldn't be so stingy about it, you know -"
She had quite forgotten the Duchess by this time, and was a little startled
when she heard her voice close to her ear. "You're thinking about
something, my dear, and that makes you forget to talk. I can't tell you just
now what the moral of that is, but I shall remember it in a bit."
"Perhaps it hasn't one," Alice ventured to remark.
"Tut, tut, child!" said the Duchess. "Every thing's got a moral,
if only you can find it." And she squeezed herself up closer to Alice's
side as she spoke.
Alice did not much like her keeping so close to her: first, because the Duchess
was very ugly;
and secondly, because she was exactly the right height to rest her chin on
Alice's shoulder, and it was an uncomfortably sharp chin. However, she did not
like to be rude, so she bore it as well as she could.
"The game's going on rather better now," she said, by way of keeping
up the conversation a little.
"'Tis so," said the Duchess: "and the moral of that is - 'Oh,
'tis love, 'tis love, that makes the world go round!'"
"Somebody said," Alice whispered, "that it's done by everybody
minding their own business!"
"Ah, well! It means much the same thing," said the Duchess, digging
her sharp little chin into Alice's shoulder as she added, "and the moral
of that is -
'Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.'"
"How fond she is of finding morals in things!" Alice thought to
"I dare say you're wondering why I don't put my arm round your
waist," the Duchess said after a pause: "the reason is, that I'm
doubtful about the temper of your flamingo. Shall I try the experiment?"
"He might bite," Alice cautiously replied, not feeling at all anxious
to have the experiment tried.
"Very true," said the Duchess: "flamingoes and mustard both
bite. And the moral of that is - 'Birds of a feather flock together.'"
"Only mustard isn't a bird," Alice remarked. "Right, as
usual," said the Duchess: "what a clear way you have of putting
"It's a mineral, I
"Of course it is," said the Duchess, who seemed ready to agree to
everything that Alice said; "there's a large mustard-mine near here. And
the moral of that is - 'The more there is of mine, the less there is of
"Oh, I know!" exclaimed Alice, who had not attended to this last
remark, "it's a vegetable. It doesn't look like one, but it is."