When the procession came opposite to Alice, they all stopped
and looked at her, and the Queen said severely `Who is this?'
She said it to the Knave of Hearts, who only bowed and smiled
`Idiot!' said the Queen, tossing her head impatiently; and,
turning to Alice, she went on, `What's your name, child?'
`My name is Alice, so please your Majesty,' said Alice very
politely; but she added, to herself, `Why, they're only a pack
of cards, after all. I needn't be afraid of them!'
`And who are these?' said the Queen, pointing to the three
gardeners who were lying round the rosetree; for, you see,
as they were lying on their faces, and the pattern on their
backs was the same as the rest of the pack, she could not tell
whether they were gardeners, or soldiers, or courtiers, or
three of her own children.
`How should I know?' said Alice, surprised at her own courage.
`It's no business of mine.'
The Queen turned crimson with fury, and, after glaring at her
for a moment like a wild beast, screamed `Off with her head! Off--'
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