Alice in Wonderland
It was the Duchess's cook.
The King looked at her. 'What do you know about these tarts ?' he asked. The cook didn't answer.
' Speak!' said the King.
' No!' said the cook.
'Ask her some questions,' the White Rabbit said to the King.
'All right, all right,' said the King.' What was in those tarts ?'
' Fish,' said the cook.
' Don't be stupid,' said the King.' Call the next person !'
Alice looked round. 'Who can it be?' she wondered.
The White Rabbit looked at his paper and read the next name: 'Alice!'
Chapter 10 The End of the Trial
' Here!' cried Alice and stood up quickly. But she was tall now, and chairs, tables and people fell here, there and everywhere.
' Put everything and everybody back!' said the King loudly. Alice put them all back in their places. Then the King asked, ' What do you know about these tarts ?'
' Nothing,' answered Alice.
' That's very important,' said the King.
' You mean, unimportant, Sir,' said the White Rabbit.
' Unimportant — of course,' said the King. ' Important — unimportant — important — unimportant,' he repeated.
He looked at Alice carefully. He took a book and read from it. 'Alice is more than a kilometre high. So she has to leave the room!' he said.
' I'm not more than a kilometre high —'Alice began.
' You are,' said the King.
' More than two kilometres high,' said the Queen.
'Well, I'm not leaving this room,' said Alice.
The King's face went white.
'Cut off her head!' shouted the Queen. Nobody moved.
' You stupid woman,' said Alice. She was very large now and she wasn't afraid of anybody.
' Cut off her head!' shouted the Queen.
'Don't be stupid!' Alice said. 'Who's afraid of you? I'm not. You're only cards!'
The cards — all fifty-two of them — came down on top of Alice. She felt afraid and angry and started to fight them. Then she opened her eyes ...
She saw a tree, a big old tree. She was under it, next to her sister. Her sister's hand was on her hair.
'Wake up, Alice dear,' her sister said. 'You slept for a long time!'
Little One-Eye, Little Two-Eyes, and Little Three-Eyes
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