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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
daisychain 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 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 occurred 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.

In another moment down went Alice after it, never once
considering how in the world she was to get out again.

The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and
then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a
moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself
falling down what seemed to be a very deep well.

Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
plenty of time as she went down to look about her, and to wonder
what was going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and
make out what she was coming to, but it was too dark to see
anything: then she looked at 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 one of the shelves as she passed: it was labeled “ORANGE
MARMALADE” but to her great disappointment it was empty: she
did not like to drop the jar, for fear of killing somebody
underneath, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as she
fell past it.
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