The White Rabbit

From: Marchal <>
Date: Mon Mar 19 05:58:27 2001

Lewis Carroll wrote: (Emphasis by Carroll)

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister
on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had
peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no
pictures or conversations in it, ``and what is the use of a
book," thought Alice, ``without pictures or conversations?"

So she was considering, in her own mind (as well as she could,
for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether
the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble
of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a white
rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her.

There was nothing so *very* remarkable in that; nor did Alice
think it is so *very* much out of the way to hear the rabbit say
to itself, ``Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!" (when she
thought it over afterwards, it occured to her that she ought
to have wondered at this, but at the time it all seemed quite
natural); but when the Rabbit actually *took a watch out of its
waistcoat-pocket*, and looked at it, and then hurried on, Alice
started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she
had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket,
or a watch to take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran
across the field after it, and was just in time to see it pop down
a large rabbit-hole under the hedge.

        Alice in Wonderland (the very beginning).
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