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By Julian W. Connolly

(Studies in Russian and Slavic literatures, cultures and historical past)

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Nay, I sha’n’t ! —Bill’s got to go down—Here, Bill ! The master says you’ve got to go down the chimney ! ” “ Oh ! So Bill’s got to come down the chimney, has he ? ” said Alice to herself. “Why, they seem to put everything upon Bill ! I wouldn’t be in Bill’s place for a good deal : this fireplace is narrow, to be sure ; but I think I can kick a little ! ” She drew her foot as far down the chimney as she could, and waited till she heard a little animal (she couldn’t guess of what sort it was) scratching and scrambling about in the chimney close above her : then, saying to herself “ This is Bill”, she gave one sharp kick, and waited to see what would happen next.

For instance, suppose it were nine o’clock in the morning, just time to begin lessons : you’d only have to whisper a hint to Time, and round goes the clock in a twinkling ! Halfpast one, time for dinner ! ” “ Is that the way you manage ? ” Alice asked. The Hatter shook his head mournfully. “ Not I ! ” he replied. “We quarreled last March——just before he went mad, you know——” (pointing with his teaspoon at the March Hare,) “ ——it was at the great concert given by the Queen of Hearts, and I had to sing ‘ Twinkle, twinkle, little bat !

But I’m not a serpent, I tell you ! ” said Alice. “ I’m a——I’m a——” “Well ! What are you ? ” said the Pigeon. “ I can see you’re trying to invent something ! ” “ I—I’m a little girl,” said Alice, rather doubtfully, as she remembered the number of changes she had gone through, that day. “A likely story indeed ! ” said the Pigeon, in a tone of the deepest contempt. “ I’ve seen a good many little girls in my time, but never one with such a neck as that ! No, no ! You’re a serpent ; and there’s no use denying it.

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