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them: such as, that a red-hot poker will burn you if you hold it too
long; and that, if you cut your finger very deeply with a knife, it
usually bleeds; and she had never forgotten that, if you drink much
from a bottle marked “poison,” it is almost certain to disagree with
you, sooner or later.

However, this bottle was not marked “poison,” so Alice ventured
to taste it, and, finding it very nice (it had, in fact, a sort of mixed
flavour of cherry-tart, custard, pine-apple, roast turkey, toffy, and
hot buttered toast), she very soon finished it off.

“What a curious feeling!” said Alice. “I must be shutting up like a
telescope!”And so it was indeed: she was now only ten inches high,
and her face brightened up at the thought that she was now the
right size for going through the little door into that lovely garden.
First, however, she waited for a few minutes to see if she was going
to shrink any further: she felt a little nervous about this; “for it
might end, you know,” said Alice to herself, “in my going out
altogether, like a candle. I wonder what I should be like then?”
And she tried to fancy what the flame of a candle looks like after
the candle is blown out, for she could not remember ever having
seen such a thing.

After a while, finding that nothing more happened, she decided on
going into the garden at once; but, alas for poor Alice! when she
got to the door, she found she had forgotten the little golden key,
and when she went back to the table for it, she found she could not
possibly reach it: she could see it quite plainly through the glass,
and she tried her best to climb up one of the legs of the table, but it
was too slippery; and when she had tired herself out with trying,
the poor little thing sat down and cried.

“Come, there’s no use in crying like that!” said Alice to herself
rather sharply.

“I advise you to leave off this minute!” She generally gave herself
very good advice (though she very seldom followed it), and
sometimes she scolded herself so severely as to bring tears into her
eyes; and once she remembered trying to box her own ears for
having cheated herself in a game of croquet she was playing
against herself, for this curious child was very fond of pretending
to be two people. “But it’s no use now,” thought poor Alice, “to
pretend to be two people! Why, there’s hardly enough of me left to
make one respectable person!” Soon her eye fell on a little glass box
that was lying under the table: she opened it, and found in it a very
small cake, on which the words “EAT ME” were beautifully
marked in currants. “Well, I’ll eat it,” said Alice, “and if it makes
me grow larger, I can reach the key; and if it makes me grow
smaller, I can creep under the door: so either way I’ll get into the
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