". . . Thought Alice to Herself"
. . . The Hatter opened his eyes very wide on hearing this; but all he said was, 'Why is a raven like a writing-desk?’
'Come, we shall have some fun now!’ thought Alice. 'I’m glad they’ve begun asking riddles. –I believe I can guess that,’ she added aloud.
'Do you mean that you think you can find out the answer to it?’ said the March Hare.
'Exactly so,’ said Alice.
'Then you should say what you mean,’ the March Hare went on.
'I do,’ Alice hastily replied; 'at least–at least I mean what I say–that’s the same thing, you know.’
'Not the same thing a bit!’ said the Hatter. 'You might just as well say that “I see what I eat” is the same thing as “I eat what I see”!’
'You might just as well say,’ added the March Hare, 'that “I like what I get” is the same thing as “I get what I like”!’
'You might just as well say,’ added the Dormouse, who seemed to be talking in his sleep, 'that “I breathe when I sleep” is the same thing as “I sleep when I breathe”!’
'Are all ravens black?’ asked the Hatter, and here the conversation dropped, and the party sat silent for a minute, while Alice thought over all she could remember about ravens and writing-desks, which wasn’t much, but remarked;
'Yes. At least, I assume so. All the ravens I have seen were black.'
'And are all non-black things not-ravens?' the hatter added, hastening to continue his questioning as his audience looked more and more puzzled.
'Yes, it is the same question, ' replied Alice, 'just backwards.'
“But we look at black ravens to answer the first,” said the Dormouse, who non the less still appeared to be sleeping, “and look at non-black things that aren't ravens to answer the second.”
“But they are the same question,” insisted Alice.
At this the March Hare looked up from his cup of tea,
'But that would not do,' he remarked, 'the tea is not black, but we can't very well say anything about ravens by staring into tea.'
Alice thought for a while as her head began to fill with the prospect of an entirely new riddle altogether. The mad hatter looked slightly pleased with himself.
". . . Thought Alice To Herself"
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