Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of havingnothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it hadno pictures or conversations in it, "and what is the use of a book," thought Alice "withoutpictures or conversations?"So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made herfeel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worththe trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pinkeyes ran close by her.There was nothing so very remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so very much out ofthe way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, "Oh dear Oh dear I shall be late " (when shethought it over afterwards, it occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, butat the time it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually took a watch out of itswaistcoat-pocket, and looked at it, and then hurried on, Alice started to her feet, for itflashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoatpocket, or a watch to take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field afterit, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge.In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the worldshe was to get out again.The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenlydown, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before shefound herself falling down a very deep well.Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had plenty of time as shewent down to look about her and to wonder what was going to happen next. First, she triedto look down and make out what she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything;then she looked at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with cupboardsand book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures hung upon pegs. She tookdown a jar from one of the shelves as she passed; it was labelled "ORANGE MARMALADE", but to her great disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear ofkilling somebody underneath, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as she fellpast it
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