CHAPTER I. Down the Rabbit-Hole
Alice was just starting to get very sick and tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, as well as having nothing to once do or twice she had peeped to the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations on it, ‘and what is the utilization of a book,’ thought Alice ‘without pictures or conversations?’
So she was considering inside her own mind (along with she could, when it comes to hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of creating a daisy-chain would be worth the difficulty of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran near by her.
There was nothing so VERY remarkable for the reason that; nor did Alice think it so quite definitely out of the real solution to hear the Rabbit say to itself, ‘Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!’ (when she thought it over afterwards, it occurred to her that she ought to have wondered as of this, but at that time it all seemed quite natural); however when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WRISTWATCH AWAY FROM ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked over it, and then hurried on, Alice started initially to her feet, for this flashed across her mind that she had no time before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a wristwatch to obtain from it, and burning with curiosity, she ran throughout the field after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a big rabbit-hole beneath the hedge.
In another moment down went Alice she was to get out again after it, never once considering how in the world.
The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for many way, after which dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not an instant to give some thought to stopping herself before she found herself falling down a rather deep well.
Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was going to happen next for she had plenty of time. First, she attempted to look down and make out what she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked at the sides regarding the well, and noticed she saw maps and pictures hung upon pegs that they were filled with cupboards and book-shelves; here and there. She took down a jar from a single regarding the shelves into one of the cupboards as she fell past it as she passed; it was labelled ‘ORANGE MARMALADE’, but to her great disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear of killing somebody, so managed to put it.
‘Well!’ thought Alice to herself, ‘after such a fall as this, I shall think nothing of tumbling down stairs! How brave they are going to all think me at home! Why, I would personallyn’t say anything if I fell off the top of your home!’ (Which was more than likely true. about any of it, even)
Down, down, down. Would the fall NEVER started to an end! ‘I wonder how many miles I’ve fallen by this time?’ she said aloud. ‘I should be getting somewhere close to the centre of the earth. I would ike to see: that would be four thousand miles down, I think—‘ (for, the thing is, Alice had learnt a number of things with this sort in her own lessons in the schoolroom, and though this was not an extremely opportunity that is good showing off her knowledge, as there clearly was no body to listen to her, still it had been good practice to say this over) ‘—yes, that is in regards to the right distance—but then I wonder what Latitude or Longitude I’ve got to?’ (Alice had no clue what Latitude was, or Longitude either, but thought these were nice grand words to say.)
Presently she began again. ‘I wonder if i will fall all the way through the planet earth! How funny it will appear to come out among the list of social people that walk due to their heads downward! The Antipathies, I think—‘ (she was rather glad there clearly was no one listening, this time around, I shall have to ask them what the name of the country is, you know as it didn’t sound at all the right word) ‘—but. Please, Ma’am, is this New Zealand or Australia?’ (and she attempted to curtsey as she spoke—fancy CURTSEYING as you’re falling through the air! Would you think you could manage it?) ‘And what an ignorant litttle lady she’ll think me for asking! No, it’s going to never do in order to ask: perhaps i will see it written up somewhere.’
Down, down, down. There clearly was nothing else to do, so Alice soon began talking again. ‘Dinah’ll miss me very to-night that is much I should think!’ (Dinah was the cat.) ‘I hope they’re going to remember her saucer of milk at tea-time. Dinah my dear! I wish you were down here beside me! There are not any mice in the air, i am afraid, you might catch a bat, and that is very like a mouse, you realize. But do cats eat bats, I wonder?’ And here Alice started to get rather sleepy, and went on saying to herself, in a dreamy kind of way, ‘Do cats eat bats? Do cats eat bats?’ and quite often, ‘Do bats eat cats?’ for, the thing is that, as she couldn’t answer either question, it didn’t much matter which way she put it. She felt that she was walking hand in hand with Dinah, and saying to her very earnestly, ‘Now, Dinah, tell me the truth: did you ever eat a bat?’ when suddenly, thump that she was dozing off, and had just begun to dream! thump! down she come upon a heap of sticks and dry leaves, plus the fall was over.
Alice had not been a bit hurt, and she jumped through to to her feet in a moment: she looked up, nonetheless it was all overhead that is dark before her was another long passage, as well as the White Rabbit was still coming soon, hurrying down it. There was clearly not a second to away be lost went Alice such as the wind, and was just over time to know it say, because it turned a corner, ‘Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it is getting!’ She was close in a long, low hall, which was lit up by a row of lamps hanging from the roof behind it when she turned the corner, but the Rabbit was no longer to be seen: she found herself.
There have been doors all round the hall, nevertheless they were all locked; and when Alice was in fact most of the real way down one side or more one other, trying every door, she walked sadly along the middle, wondering how she was ever to leave again.
Suddenly she came upon only a little three-legged table, all made of solid glass; there was clearly nothing on it except a small golden key, and Alice’s first thought was that it might belong to one of the doors associated with the hall; but, alas! either the locks were too large, or the key was too small, but at any rate it can not open some of them. However, from the second time round, she come upon a minimal curtain she had not noticed before, and behind it was just a little door about fifteen inches high: she tried the small golden type in the lock, and also to her great delight it fitted!
Alice opened the doorway and discovered that it led into a tiny passage, not much bigger than a rat-hole: she knelt down and looked across the passage in to the loveliest garden you ever saw. She could not even get her head through the doorway; ‘and even if my head would go through,’ thought poor Alice, ‘it would be of very little use without my shoulders how she longed to get out of that dark hall, and wander about among those beds of bright flowers and those cool fountains, but. Oh, the way I wish i possibly could shut up like a telescope! I do believe i really could, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible if I only know how to begin.’ For.