CHAPTER I. Down the Rabbit-Hole
Alice was starting to get very tired of sitting by her sister regarding the bank, as well as having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped to the book her sister was reading, however it had no pictures or conversations in it, ‘and what is the usage of a novel,’ thought Alice ‘without pictures or conversations?’
So she was considering inside her own mind (along with she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether or not the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the problem to getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her.
There was nothing so VERY remarkable for the reason that; nor did Alice think it so VERY much out from the option 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 need to have wondered as of this, but at that time it all seemed quite natural); but once the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, after which hurried on, Alice started to her feet, because of it flashed across her mind that she had no time before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to get of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran over the field after it, and fortunately was just over time to notice it pop down a big rabbit-hole underneath the hedge.
In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how on earth she was to get out again.
The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for a few way, after which dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment 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, for she had plenty of time as she took place to look about her and to wonder what was planning to happen next. 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 over the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from a single of 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 since this, i will think nothing of tumbling down stairs! How brave they’re going to all think me in the home! Why, I wouldn’t say anything if I fell from the top of the house!’ (that was most likely true. about any of it, even)
Down, down, down. Would the fall NEVER arrive at a conclusion! ‘I wonder how many miles I’ve fallen by this time around?’ she said aloud. ‘I needs to be getting somewhere near the centre of the earth. Allow me to see: that would be four thousand miles down, I think–‘ (for, the thing is, Alice had learnt several things for this sort in her lessons into the schoolroom, and though this is not an extremely good chance of 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, which is concerning the right distance–but then I wonder what Latitude or Longitude I’ve surely got to?’ (Alice had no idea what Latitude was, or Longitude either, but thought they certainly were nice grand words to express.)
Presently she began again. ‘I wonder if i will fall all the way through our planet! How funny it’s going to seem to turn out among the 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 it New Zealand or Australia?’ (and she attempted to curtsey as she spoke–fancy CURTSEYING as you’re falling through the air! Can you think you can manage it?) ‘And what an ignorant girl that is little’ll think me for asking! No, it’s going to never do to ask: perhaps it shall be seen by me 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 are going to remember her saucer of milk at tea-time. Dinah my dear! You are wished by me were down here beside me! There are no mice when you look at the fresh air, i am afraid, you might catch a bat, and that is very like a mouse, you understand. But do cats eat bats, I wonder?’ And here Alice started initially to get rather sleepy, and went on saying to herself, in a dreamy type of way, ‘Do cats eat bats? Do cats eat bats?’ and often, ‘Do bats eat cats?’ for, you notice, it didn’t much matter which way she put it as she couldn’t answer either question. She felt that she was dozing off, along with just begun to dream that she was walking hand in hand with Dinah, and saying to her very earnestly, ‘Now, Dinah, tell me the facts: do you ever eat a bat?’ when suddenly, thump! thump! down she come upon a heap of sticks and dry leaves, and also the fall was over.
Alice was not a bit hurt, and she jumped up on to her feet in an instant: she looked up, but it was all overhead that is dark before her was another long passage, additionally the White Rabbit was still around the corner, hurrying down it. There is not a moment to be lost: away went Alice like the wind, and was just in time to hear it say, since it turned a large part, ‘Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it’s 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 at all times the hall, however they were all locked; and when Alice was in fact all of the real way down one side or over the other, trying every door, she walked sadly down 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 nothing upon it except a little golden key, and Alice’s first thought was that it might participate in one of many doors associated with hall; but, alas! either the locks were too large, best place to buy essay paper or the key was too small, but at the very least it would not open any of them. However, regarding the second time round, she came upon a decreased curtain she had not noticed before, and behind it had been only a little door about fifteen inches high: she tried the tiny golden key in the lock, also to her great delight it fitted!
Alice opened the doorway and discovered she knelt down and looked along the passage into the loveliest garden you ever saw that it led into a small passage, not much larger than a rat-hole. 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, how I wish i possibly could shut up like a telescope! I do believe I could, if I only know how to begin.’ For, the truth is, a lot of out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to believe that very few things indeed were really impossible.