Leave a message here: aliang's Message Board
HomeLiterature CenterThe Nursery "Alice" → Chapter XIV    (Last update on: 2006/1/17)

The Nursery "Alice"

Table of Contents

Preface

I.   THE WHITE RABBIT.
II.   HOW ALICE GREW TALL.
III.   THE POOL OF TEARS.
IV.   THE CAUCUS-RACE.
V.   BILL, THE LIZARD.
VI.   THE DEAR LITTLE PUPPY.
VII.   THE BLUE CATERPILLAR.
VIII.   THE PIG-BABY.
IX.   THE CHESHIRE-CAT.
X.   THE MAD TEA-PARTY.
XI.   THE QUEEN'S GARDEN.
XII.   THE LOBSTER-QUADRILLE.
XIII.   WHO STOLE THE TARTS.
XIV   THE SHOWER OF CARDS.

AN EASTER GREETING
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS.
THE    NURSERY    “ALICE.”

XIV.
THE   SHOWER   OF   CARDS.

OH dear,  oh dear !   What is it all about ?   And what’s happening to Alice ?

Well,  I’ll tell you all about it,  as well I can.   The way the trial ended was this.   The King wanted the Jury to settle whether the Knave of Hearts was guilty or not guilty—that means that they were to settle whether he had stolen the Tarts,  or if somebody else had taken them.   But the wicked Queen wanted to have his punishment settled,  first of all.   That wasn’t at all fair, was it ?   Because,  you know,  supposing he never took the Tarts,  then of course he oughtn’t to be punished.   Would you like to be punished for something you hadn’t done ?

wr20.jpg (both width & height reduced from original image to 25% by aliang studio)
Image courtesy of Special Collections, Information services, University of Birmingham

So Alice said  “Stuff and nonsense !”

So the Queen said  “Off with her head !”  (Just what she always said,  when she was angry.)

So Alice said  “Who cares for you ?   You’re nothing but a pack of cards !”

So they were all very angry,  and flew up into the air,  and came tumbling down again,  all over Alice,  just like a shower of rain.

And I think you’ll never guess what happened next.   The next thing was,  Alice woke up out of her curious dream.   And she found that the cards were only some leaves off the tree,  that the wind had blown down upon her face.

Wouldnt it be a nice thing to have a curious dream,  just like Alice ?

The best plan is this.   First lie down under a tree,  and wait till a White Rabbit runs by,  with a watch in his hand:  then shut your eyes,  and pretend to be dear little Alice.

Good-bye,  Alice dear,  good-bye !



T H E    E N D.




note: There should be a period after the chapter number: XIV., but from the facsimile edition, it seems the original printing already missing this period.

Chap. XIII ← Previous  |  Next → AN EASTER GREETING


December 2005 ~ January 2006, Proofread by aliang at aliang studio