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do such a thing before, and he wasn’t going to begin at his time of
The King’s argument was that anything that had a head could be
beheaded, and that you were not to talk nonsense.
The Queen’s argument was that, if something wasn’t done about it
in less than no time, she’d have everybody executed, all round. (It
was this last remark that had made the whole party look so grave
and anxious.) Alice could think of nothing else to say but “It
belongs to the Duchess: you’d better ask her about it.” “She’s in
prison,” the Queen said to the executioner: “fetch her here.” And
the executioner went off like an arrow.
The Cat’s head began fading away the moment he was gone, and,
by the time he had come back with the Duchess, it had entirely
disappeared: so the King and the executioner ran wildly up and
down, looking for it, while the rest of the party went back to the