-The King said:
And I haven't sent the two Messengers, either. They're both gone to the town. Just look along the road, and tell me if you can see either of them.'
-`I see nobody on the road,' said Alice.
-`I only wish I had such eyes,' the King remarked in a fretful tone. `To be able to see Nobody! And at that distance, too! Why, it's as much as I can do to see real people, by this light!'
- `Who did you pass on the road?' the King went on, holding out his hand to the
Messenger for some more hay.
`Nobody,' said the Messenger.
`Quite right,' said the King: `this young lady saw him too. So of course Nobody walks slower than you.
`I do my best,' the Messenger said in a sulky tone. `I'm sure nobody walks much faster than I do!'
`He can't do that,' said the King, `or else he'd have been here first.
|`So I wasn't dreaming, after all,' she said to herself, `unless -- unless we're all part of the same dream. Only I do hope it's my dream, and not the Red King's! I don't like belonging to another person's dream,' she went on in a rather complaining tone: `I've a great mind to go and wake him, and see what happens!'|
'She's all right again now,' said the Red Queen. 'Do you know languages? What's the French for fiddle-de-dee?'
-'Fiddle-de-dee's not English,' Alice replied gravely.
-'Whoever said it was,' said the Red Queen.
-Alice thought she saw a way out of the difficulty, this time. If you tell me what language 'fiddle-de-dee' is, I'll tell you the French for it!" she exclaimed triumphantly.
-But the Red Queen drew herself up rather stiffly, and said, 'Queens never make bargains'.