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do, why, then they’re a kind of serpent: that’s all I can say.” This
was such a new idea to Alice, that she was quite silent for a minute
or two, which gave the Pigeon the opportunity of adding “You’re
looking for eggs, I know that well enough; and what does it matter
to me whether you’re a little girl or a serpent?” “It matters a good
deal to me,” said Alice hastily; “but I’m not looking for eggs, as it
happens; and, if I was, I shouldn’t want yours: I don’t like them
raw.” “Well, be off, then!” said the Pigeon in a sulky tone, as it
settled down again into its nest. Alice crouched down among the
trees as well as she could, for her neck kept getting entangled
among the branches, and every now and then she had to stop and
untwist it. After a while she remembered that she still held the
pieces of mushroom in her hands, and she set to work very
carefully, nibbling first at one and then at the other, and growing
sometimes taller, and sometimes shorter, until she had succeeded
in bringing herself down to her usual height.

It was so long since she had been anything near the right size, that
it felt quite strange at first; but she got used to it in a few minutes,
and began talking to herself, as usual, “Come, there’s half my plan
done now! How puzzling all these changes are! I’m never sure
what I’m going to be, from one minute to another! However, I’ve
got back to my right size: the next thing is, to get into that beautiful
garden-how is that to be done, I wonder?” As she said this, she
came suddenly upon an open place, with a little house in it about
four feet high. “Whoever lives there,” thought Alice, “it’ll never do
to come upon them this size: why, I should frighten them out of
their wits!” So she began nibbling at the right-hand bit again, and
did not venture to go near the house till she had brought herself
down to nine inches high.
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