8. Februar 2016

The chief difficulty Alice

The chief difficulty Alice found at first was in managing her flamingo:  she succeeded in getting its body tucked away, comfortably enough, under  her arm, with its legs hanging down, but generally, just as she had got  its neck nicely straightened out, and was going to give the hedgehog a  blow with its head, it WOULD twist itself round and look up in her face,  with such a puzzled expression that she could not help bursting out  laughing: and when she had got its head down, and was going to begin  again, it was very provoking to find that the hedgehog had unrolled  itself, and was in the act of crawling away: besides all this, there was  generally a ridge or furrow in the way wherever she wanted to send the  hedgehog to, and, as the doubled-up soldiers were always getting up  and walking off to other parts of the ground, Alice soon came to the  conclusion that it was a very difficult game indeed.

The players all played at once without waiting for turns, quarrelling  all the while, and fighting for the hedgehogs; and in a very short  time the Queen was in a furious passion, and went stamping about, and  shouting ‚Off with his head!‘ or ‚Off with her head!‘ about once in a  minute.