Down, down, down. There was nothing else to do, so Alice soon began talking again. "Dinah'll miss me very much tonight, I should think!" (Dinah was the cat.) "I hope they'll remember her saucer of milk at tea-time. Dinah my dear! I wish you were down here with me! There are no mice in the air, I'm afraid, but you might catch a bat, and that's very like a mouse, you know. But do cats eat bats, I wonder?" And here Alice began to get rather sleepy, and went on saying to herself, in a dreamy sort of way, "Do cats eat bats? Do cats eat bats?" and sometimes, "Do bats eat cats?" for, you see, as she couldn't answer either question, it didn't much matter which way she put it. She felt that she was dozing off, and had just begun to dream that she was walking hand in hand with Dinah, and saying to her very earnestly, "Now, Dinah, tell me the truth: did you ever eat a bat?" when suddenly, thump! thump! down she came upon a heap of sticks and dry leaves, and the fall was over.

She looked up, but it was all dark overhead; before her was another long passage, and the White Rabbit was still in sight, hurrying down it. There was not a moment to be lost: away went Alice like the wind, and was just in time to hear it say, as it turned a corner, "Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it's getting!" She was close behind it when she turned the corner, but the Rabbit was no longer to be seen: she found herself in a long, low hall, which was lit up by a row of lamps hanging from the roof.

There were doors all round the hall, but they were all locked; and when Alice had been all the way down one side and up the other, trying every door, she walked sadly down the middle, wondering how she was ever to get out again.

Suddenly she came upon a little three-legged table, all made of solid glass; there was nothing on it except a tiny golden key, and Alice's first thought was that it might belong to one of the doors of the hall; but, alas! either the locks were too large, or the key was too small, but at any rate it would not open any of them. However, on the second time round, she came upon a low curtain she had not noticed before, and behind it was a little door about fifteen inches high: she tried the little golden key in the lock, and to her great delight it fitted!

Alice was not a bit hurt, and she jumped up on to her feet in a moment: Alice opened the door and found that it led into a small passage, not much larger than a rat-hole: she knelt down and looked along the passage into the loveliest garden you ever saw. How she longed to get out of that dark hall, and wander about among those beds of bright flowers and those cool fountains, but she could not even get her head though the doorway; "and even if my head would go through," thought poor Alice, "it would be of very little use without my shoulders. Oh, how I wish I could shut up like a telescope! I think I could, if I only know how to begin." For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.

 

掉啊,掉啊,掉啊,除此之外,没别的事可干了。因此,过一会儿爱丽丝又说话了:“我敢肯定,黛娜今晚一定非常想念我。”(黛娜是只猫)“我希望他们别忘了午茶时给她准备一碟牛奶。黛娜,我亲爱的,我多么希望你也掉到这里来,同我在一起呀,我怕空中没有你吃的小老鼠,不过你可能捉到一只蝙蝠,你要知道,它很像老鼠。可是猫吃不吃蝙蝠呢?”这时,爱丽丝开始瞌睡了,她困得迷迷糊糊时还在说:“猫吃蝙蝠吗?猫吃蝙蝠吗?”有时又说成:“蝙蝠吃猫吗?”这两个问题她哪个也回答不出来,所以,她怎么问都没关系,这时候,她已经睡着了,开始做起梦来了。她梦见正同黛娜手拉着手走着,并且很认真地问:“黛娜,告诉我,你吃过蝙蝠吗?,就在这时,突然“砰”地一声,她掉到了一堆枯枝败叶上了,总算掉到了底了!

爱丽丝一点儿也没摔坏,她立即站起来,向上看看,黑洞洞的。朝前一看,是个很长的走廊,她又看见了那只白兔正急急忙忙地朝前跑。这回可别错过时机,爱丽丝像一阵风似地追了过去。她听到兔子在拐弯时说:“哎呀,我的耳朵和胡子呀,现在太迟了!”这时爱丽丝已经离兔子很近了,但是当她也赶到拐角,兔子却不见了。她发现自己是在一个很长很低的大厅里,屋顶上悬挂着一串灯,把大厅照亮了。

大厅四周都是门,全都锁着,爱丽丝从这边走到那边,推一推,拉一拉,每扇门都打不开,她伤心地走到大厅中间,琢磨着该怎么出去。

突然,她发现了一张三条腿的小桌,桌子是玻璃做的。桌上除了一把很小的金钥匙,什么也没有,爱丽丝一下就想到这钥匙可能是哪个门上的。可是,哎呀,要么就是锁太大了,要么就是钥匙太小了,哪个门也用不上。不过,在她绕第二圈时,突然发现刚才没注意到的一个低帐幕后面,有一扇约十五英寸高的小门。她用这个小金钥匙往小门的锁眼里一插,太高兴了,正合适。

爱丽丝打开了门,发现门外是一条小走廊,比老鼠洞还小,她跪下来,顺着走廊望出去,见到一个从没见过的美丽花园。她多想离开这个黑暗的大厅,到那些美丽的花圃和清凉的喷泉中去玩呀!可是那门框连脑袋都过不去,可怜的爱丽丝想:“哎,就算头能过去,肩膀不跟着过去也没用,我多么希望缩成望远镜里的小人呀(爱丽丝常常把望远镜倒着看,一切东西都变得又远又小,所以她认为望远镜可以把人放大或缩小。),我想自己能变小的,只要知道变的方法就行了。”你看,一连串稀奇古怪的事,使得爱丽丝认为没有什么事是不可能的了。

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