"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" -- Chapters 1-3

October 21, 2012
A masterpiece of wit and wordplay, Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is also a celebration of the joys of nonsense.

While you are reading Lewis Carroll’s fantastic novel (etext found here), learn these word lists: Ch’s 1-3, Ch’s 4-6, Ch’s 7-9, and Ch’s 10-12.
Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do.
She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she passed; it was labelled "ORANGE MARMALADE," but to her great disappointment it was empty.
I wonder what Latitude and Longitude I've got to ?"
Fancy curtseying as you're falling through the air!
Bbefore her was another long passage, and the White Rabbit was still in sight, hurrying down it.
Note also the "make shorter" definition -- that meaning actually partially comes from this book!
Oh, how I wish I could shut up like a telescope!
"No, I'll look first," she said, "and see whether it's marked `poison' or not".
Once she remembered trying to box her own ears for having cheated herself in a game of croquet she was playing against herself, for this curious child was very fond of pretending to be two people.
Note that 'curiouser' is not, in fact a word -- it should be 'more curious'
" Curiouser and curiouser!" cried Alice, "now I'm opening out like the largest telescope that ever was!"
She was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English.
I shall be a great deal too far off to trouble myself about you: you must manage the best way you can.
She got up and went to the table to measure herself by it, and found that, as nearly as she could guess, she was now about two feet high, and was going on shrinking rapidly.
"Oh, I beg your pardon!" cried Alice hastily, afraid that she had hurt the poor animal's feelings.
Note that it doesn't have to be written -- your tone can be how you say things, as well
"Well, perhaps not," said Alice in a soothing tone: "don't be angry about it."
"I beg your pardon!" cried Alice again, for this time the Mouse was bristling all over, and she felt certain it must be really offended.
For the Mouse was swimming away from her as hard as it could go, and making quite a commotion in the pool as it went.
They had a consultation about this, and after a few minutes it seemed quite natural to Alice to find herself talking familiarly with them, as if she had known them all her life.
Note that the Mouse is spouting off text from an actual textbook from the 1800s -- be glad your history textbooks aren't as dry!
But the insolence of his Normans -- -' How are you getting on now, my dear?"
"As wet as ever," said Alice in a melancholy tone: "it doesn't seem to dry me at all."
"In that case," said the Dodo solemnly, rising to its feet, "I move that the meeting adjourn, for the immediate adoption of more energetic remedies "
And the Eaglet bent down its head to hide a smile: some of the other birds tittered audibly.
However, when they had been running half an hour or so, and were quite dry again, the Dodo suddenly called out "The race is over!" and they all crowded round it, panting, and asking, "But who has won?"
"Why, she, of course," said the Dodo, pointing to Alice with one finger; and the whole party at once crowded round her, calling out in a confused way, "Prizes!
Come, I'll take no denial; We must have a trial: For really this morning I've nothing to do'.
On various pretexts they all moved off, and Alice was soon left alone.
First it marked out a race-course, in a sort of circle ("the exact shape doesn't matter," it said), and then all the party were placed along the course, here and there.
An old Crab took the opportunity of saying to her daughter, "Ah, my dear! Let this be a lesson to you never to lose your temper!"

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Wednesday December 26th 2012, 10:20 AM
Comment by: Cookie (VA)
I love the book and I can imagine Alice saying
"Oh! I am so tired! "

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