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seemed to follow, except a little shaking among the distant green

As there seemed to be no chance of getting her hands up to her
head, she tried to get her head down to them, and was delighted to
find that her neck would bend about easily in any direction, like a
serpent. She had just succeeded in curving it down into a graceful
zigzag, and was going to dive in among the leaves, which she
found to be nothing but the tops of the trees under which she had
been wandering, when a sharp hiss made her draw back in a
hurry: a large pigeon had flown into her face, and was beating her
violently with its wings.

“Serpent!” screamed the Pigeon.
“I’m not a serpent!” said Alice indignantly. “Let me alone!”
“Serpent, I say again!” repeated the Pigeon, but in a more subdued
tone, and added, with a kind of sob, “I’ve tried every way, but
nothing seems to suit them!” “I haven’t the least idea what you’re
talking about,” said Alice.

“I’ve tried the roots of trees, and I’ve tried banks, and I’ve tried
hedges,” the Pigeon went on, without attending to her; “but those
serpents! There’s no pleasing them!” Alice was more and more
puzzled, but she thought there was no use in saying anything more
till the Pigeon had finished.

“As if it wasn’t trouble enough hatching the eggs,” said the Pigeon;
“but I must be on the look-out for serpents, night and day! Why, I
haven’t had a wink of sleep these three weeks!” “I’m very sorry
you’ve been annoyed,” said Alice, who was beginning to see its

“And just as I’d taken the highest tree in the wood,” continued the
Pigeon, raising its voice to a shriek, “and just as I was thinking I
should be free of them at last, they must needs come wriggling
down from the sky! Ugh, Serpent!” “But I’m not a serpent, I tell
you!” said Alice. “I’m a-I’m a-” “Well! What are you?” said the
Pigeon. “I can see you’re trying to invent something!”

“I-I’m a little girl,” said Alice, rather doubtfully, as she
remembered the number of changes she had gone through, that

“A likely story indeed!” said the Pigeon, in a tone of the deepest

“I’ve seen a good many little girls in my time, but never one with
such a neck as that! No, no! You’re a serpent; and there’s no use
denying it. I suppose you’ll be telling me next that you never tasted
an egg!” “I have tasted eggs, certainly,” said Alice, who was a very
truthful child; “but little girls eat eggs quite as much as serpents
do, you know.” “I don’t believe it,” said the Pigeon; “but if they
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