Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, "and what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations?"


So she was considering, in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her.


There was nothing so very remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so very much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!" (when she thought it over afterward, it occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time it all seemed quite natural); but, when the Rabbit actually took a watch out of its waistcoat-pocket, and looked at it, and then hurried on, Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to take out of it, and, burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge.


In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.


The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down what seemed to be a very deep well.


Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had plenty of time as she went down to look about her, and to wonder what was going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything: then she looked at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with cupboards and book-shelves: here and there she saw maps and pictures hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she passed: it was labeled "ORANGE MARMALADE," but to her great disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar, for fear of killing somebody underneath, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as she fell past it.


"Well!" thought Alice to herself. "After such a fall as this, I shall think nothing of tumbling downstairs! How brave they'll all think me at home! Why, I wouldn't say anything about it, even if I fell off the top of the house!" (Which was very likely true.)


Down, down, down. Would the fall never come to an end? "I wonder how many miles I've fallen by this time?" she said aloud. "I must be getting somewhere near the centre of the earth. Let me see: that would be four thousand miles down, I think-" (for, you see, Alice had learned several things of this sort in her lessons in the school-room, and though this was not a very good opportunity for showing off her knowledge, as there was no one to listen to her, still it was good practice to say it over) "-yes, that's about the right distance-but then I wonder what Latitude or Longitude I've got to?" (Alice had not the slightest idea what Latitude was, or Longitude either, but she thought they were nice grand words to say).


Presently she began again. "I wonder if I shall fall right through the earth! How funny it'll seem to come out among the people that walk with their heads downward! The antipathies, I think-" (she was rather glad there was no one listening, this time, as it didn't sound at all the right word) "-but I shall have to ask them what the name of the country is, you know. Please, Ma'am, is this New Zealand? Or Australia?" (and she tried to curtsey as she spoke-fancy, curtseying as you're falling through the air! Do you think you could manage it?) "And what an ignorant little girl she'll think me for asking! No, it'll never do to ask: perhaps I shall see it written up somewhere."

不一会儿,她又说话了:“我想知道我会不会穿过地球,到那些头朝下走路的人们那里,这该多么滑稽呀!我想这叫做‘对称人’(注:19世纪中学地理教科书上流行个名洞,叫“对跖人”,意思是说地球直径两端的人,脚心对着脚心。爱丽丝对“地球对面的人”的概念模糊,以为他们是“头朝下”走路的,而且把“对跖人”错念成“对称人”了。)吧?” 这次她很高兴没人听她说话,因为“对称人”这个名词似乎不十分正确。"我想我应该问他们这个国家叫什么名称:太太,请问您知道这是新西兰,还是澳大利亚?"(她说这话时,还试着行个屈膝礼,可是不成。你想想看,在空中掉下来时行这样的屈膝礼,行吗,)"如果我这样问,人们一定会认为我是一个无知的小姑娘哩。不,永远不能这样问,也许我会看到它写在哪儿的吧!"

Down, down, down. There was nothing else to do, so Alice soon began talking again. "Dinah'll miss me very much to-night, 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 was 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.

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!

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