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till she shook the house, quite forgetting that she was now about a
thousand times as large as the Rabbit, and had no reason to be
afraid of it.

Presently the Rabbit came up to the door, and tried to open it; but,
as the door opened inwards, and Alice’s elbow was pressed hard
against it, that attempt proved a failure. Alice heard it say to itself
“Then I’ll go round and get in at the window.” “That you wo’n’t!”
thought Alice, and, after waiting till she fancied she heard the
Rabbit just under the window, she suddenly spread out her hand,
and made a snatch in the air. She did not get hold of anything, but
she heard a little shriek and a fall, and a crash of broken glass,
from which she concluded that it was just possible it had fallen into
a cucumber-frame, or something of the sort.

Next came an angry voice-the Rabbit’s-“Pat! Pat! Where are you?”
And then a voice she had never heard before, “Sure then I’m here!
Digging for apples, yer honour!” “Digging for apples, indeed!”
said the Rabbit angrily. “Here! Come and help me out of this!”
(Sounds of more broken glass.) “Now tell me, Pat, what’s that in
the window?” “Sure, it’s an arm, yer honour!” (He pronounced it
“arrum.”) “An arm, you goose! Who ever saw one that size? Why,
it fills the whole window!” “Sure, it does, yer honour: but it’s an
arm for all that.” “Well, it’s got no business there, at any rate: go
and take it away!” There was a long silence after this, and Alice
could only hear whispers now and then; such as “Sure, I don’t like
it, yer honour, at all, at all!” “Do as I tell you, you coward!” and at
last she spread out her hand again, and made another snatch in the
air. This time there were two little shrieks, and more sounds of
broken glass. “What a number of cucumber-frames there must be!”
thought Alice. “I wonder what they’ll do next! As for pulling me
out of the window, I only wish they could! I’m sure I don’t want to
stay in here any longer!”

She waited for some time without hearing anything more: at last
came a rumbling of little cart-wheels, and the sound of a good
many voices all talking together: she made out the words:
“Where’s the other ladder?- Why, I hadn’t to bring but one. Bill’s
got the other-Bill! Fetch it here, lad!- Here, put ‘em up at this
corner-No, tie ‘em together first-they don’t reach half high enough
yet-Oh, they’ll do well enough. Don’t be particular-Here, Bill!
Catch hold of this ropeWill the roof bear?- Mind that loose slate-
Oh, it’s coming down! Heads below!” (a loud crash)- “Now, who
did that?- It was Bill, I fancy-Who’s to go down the chimney!-
Nay, I sha’n’t! You do it!- That I wo’n’t, then!- Bill’s got to go
downHere, Bill! The master says you’ve got to go down the
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