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uncorked it and put it to her lips. “I know something interesting is
sure to happen,” she said to herself, “whenever I eat or drink
anything: so I’ll just see what this bottle does. I do hope it’ll make
me grow large again, for really I’m quite tired of being such a tiny
little thing!” It did so indeed, and much sooner than she had
expected: before she had drunk half the bottle, she found her head
pressing against the ceiling, and had to stoop to save her neck from
being broken. She hastily put down the bottle, saying to herself
“That’s quite enough-I hope I sha’n’t grow any more-As it is, I
ca’n’t get out at the door-I do wish I hadn’t drunk quite so much!”
Alas! It was too late to wish that! She went on growing, and
growing, and very soon had to kneel down on the floor: in another
minute there was not even room for this, and she tried the effect of
lying down with one elbow against the door, and the other arm
curled round her head. Still she went on growing, and, as a last
resource, she put one arm out of the window, and one foot up the
chimney, and said to herself “Now I can do no more, whatever
happens. What will become of me?” Luckily for Alice, the little
magic bottle had now had its full effect, and she grew no larger:
still it was very uncomfortable, and, as there seemed to be no sort
of chance of her ever getting out of the room again, no wonder she
felt unhappy.

“It was much pleasanter at home,” thought poor Alice, “when one
wasn’t always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered
about by mice and rabbits. I almost wish I hadn’t gone down that
rabbit-hole-and yet-and yet-it’s rather curious, you know, this
sort of life! I do wonder what can have happened to me! When I
used to read fairy tales, I fancied that kind of thing never
happened, and now here I am in the middle of one! There ought to
be a book written about me, that there ought! And when I grow up,
I’ll write one-but I’m grown up now,” she added in a sorrowful
tone: “at least there’s no room to grow up any more here.”

“But then,” thought Alice, “shall I never get any older than I am
now? That’ll be a comfort, one way-never to be an old woman-but
then-always to have lessons to learn! Oh, I shouldn’t like that!”
“Oh, you foolish Alice” she answered herself. “How can you learn
lessons in here? Why, there’s hardly room for you, and no room at
all for any lesson-books!” And so she went on, taking first one side
and then the other, and making quite a conversation of it
altogether; but after a few minutes she heard a voice outside, and
stopped to listen.

“Mary Ann! Mary Ann!” said the voice. “Fetch me my gloves this
moment!” Then came a little pattering of feet on the stairs. Alice
knew it was the Rabbit coming to look for her, and she trembled
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