Voorbeeld: Boek

76 CHAPTER VI Humpty Dumpty However, the egg only got larger and larger, and more and more human: when she had come within a few yards of it, she saw that it had eyes and a nose and mouth; and when she had come close to it, she saw clearly that it was Humpty Dumpty himself. ‘It can’t be anybody else!’ she said to herself. ‘I’m as certain of it, as if his name were writ- ten all over his face.’ It might have been written a hundred times, easily, on that enormous face. Humpty Dumpty was sitting with his legs crossed, like a Turk, on the top of a high wall— such a narrow one that Alice quite wondered how he could keep his balance— and, as his eyes were steadily fixed in the oppo- site direction, and he didn’t take the least notice of her, she thought he must be a stuffed figure after all. ‘And how exactly like an egg he is!’ she said aloud, standing with her hands ready to catch him, for she was every moment expecting him to fall. ‘It’s very provoking,’ Humpty Dumpty said after a long silence, looking away from Alice as he spoke, ‘to be called an egg— very !’ ‘I said you looked like an egg, Sir,’Alice gently explained. ‘And some eggs are very pretty, you know, she added, hoping to turn her remark into a sort of a compli- ment. ‘Some people,’ said Humpty Dumpty, looking away from her as usual, ‘have no more sense than a baby!’ Alice didn’t know what to say to this: it wasn’t at all like conversation, she thought, as he never said anything to her ; in fact, his last remark was evidently addressed to a tree— so she stood and softly repeated to herself: --