65 Wool and Water ‘Well, yes, if you call that a-dressing,’ The Queen said. ‘It isn’t my notion of the thing, at all.” Alice thought it would never do to have an argument at the very beginning of their conversation, so she smiled and said, ‘If your Majesty will only tell me the right way to begin, I’ll do it as well as I can.’ ‘But I don’t want it done at all!’ groaned the poor Queen. ‘I’ve been a-dressing myself for the last two hours.’ It would have been all the better, as it seemed toAlice, if she had got some one else to dress her, she was so dread- fully untidy. ‘Every single thing’s crooked,’Alice thought to herself, ‘and she’s all over pins!— may I put your shawl straight for you?’ she added aloud. ‘I don’t know what’s the matter with it!’ the Queen said, in a melancholy voice. ‘It’s out of temper, I think. I’ve pinned it here, and I’ve pinned it there, but there’s no pleas- ing it!’ ‘It can’t go straight, you know, if you pin it all on one side,’Alice said, as she gently put it right for her; ‘and, dear me, what a state your hair is in!’ ‘The brush has got entangled in it!’ the Queen said with a sigh. ‘And I lost the comb yesterday.’ Alice carefully released the brush, and did her best to get the hair into order. ‘Come, you look rather better now!’ she said, after altering most of the pins. ‘But really you should have a lady’s maid!’ ‘I’m sure I’ll take you with pleasure!’ the Queen said. ‘Twopence a week, and jam every other day.’ Alice couldn’t help laughing, as she said, ‘I don’t want you to hire me —and I don’t care for jam.’ ‘It’s very good jam,’ said the Queen. ‘Well, I don’t want any to-day , at any rate. ‘You couldn’t have it if you did want it,’ the Queen said. ‘The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday— but never jam to-day.