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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.

The first thing she heard was a general chorus of “There goes Bill!”
then the Rabbit’s voice alone-“Catch him, you by the hedge!” then
silence, and then another confusion of voices-“Hold up his head-
Brandy now-Don’t choke himHow was it, old fellow? What
happened to You? Tell us all about it!”

Last came a little feeble, squeaking voice. (“That’s Bill,” thought
Alice.) “Well I hardly know-No more, thank ye; I’m better now-
but I’m a deal too flustered to tell you-all I know is, something
comes at me like a Jack-in-the-box, and up I goes like a sky-rocket!”
“So you did, old fellow!” said the others.

“We must burn the house down!” said the Rabbit’s voice. And
Alice called out, as loud as she could, “If you do, I’ll set Dinah at
you!” There was a dead silence instantly, and Alice thought to
herself “I wonder what they will do next! If they had any sense,
they’d take the roof off.” After a minute or two they began moving
about again, and Alice heard the Rabbit say “A barrowful will do,
to begin with.” “A barrowful of what?” thought Alice. But she had
not long to doubt, for the next moment a shower of little pebbles
came rattling in at the window, and some of them hit her in the
face. “I’ll put a stop to this,” she said to herself, and shouted out
“You’d better not do that again!” which produced another dead

Alice noticed, with some surprise, that the pebbles were all turning
into little cakes as they lay on the floor, and a bright idea came into
her head. “If I eat one of these cakes,” she thought, “it’s sure to
make some change in my size; and, as it ca’n’t possibly make me
larger, it must make me smaller, I suppose.” So she swallowed one
of the cakes, and was delighted to find that she began shrinking
directly. As soon as she was small enough to get through the door,
she ran out of the house, and found quite a crowd of little animals
and birds waiting outside. The poor little Lizard, Bill, was in the
middle, being held up by two guinea-pigs, who were giving it
something out of a bottle. They all made a rush at Alice the
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