Alice meets some very unusual insects and suddenly finds herself on a strange train journey without a ticket. If you have wondered about what a bread and butter fly looks like, or what a horse fly sounds like, listen on. By the way, this chapter ends rather suddenly.
Read by Natasha. Duration 23.
Of course the first thing to do was to make a grand survey of the country she was going to travel through. 'It's something very like learning geography,' thought Alice, as she stood on tiptoe in hopes of being able to see a little further. 'Principal rivers—there ARE none. Principal mountains—I'm on the only one, but I don't think it's got any name. Principal towns—why, what ARE those creatures, making honey down there? They can't be bees—nobody ever saw bees a mile off, you know—' and for some time she stood silent, watching one of them that was bustling about among the flowers, poking its proboscis into them, 'just as if it was a regular bee,' thought Alice.
However, this was anything but a regular bee: in fact it was an elephant—as Alice soon found out, though the idea quite took her breath away at first. 'And what enormous flowers they must be!' was her next idea. 'Something like cottages with the roofs taken off, and stalks put to them—and what quantities of honey they must make! I think I'll go down and—no, I won't JUST yet,' she went on, checking herself just as she was beginning to run down the hill, and trying to find some excuse for turning shy so suddenly. 'It'll never do to go down among them without a good long branch to brush them away—and what fun it'll be when they ask me how I like my walk. I shall say—"Oh, I like it well enough—"' (here came the favourite little toss of the head), '"only it was so dusty and hot, and the elephants did tease so!"'
'I think I'll go down the other way,' she said after a pause: 'and perhaps I may visit the elephants later on. Besides, I do so want to get into the Third Square!'
So with this excuse she ran down the hill and jumped over the first of the six little brooks.
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'Tickets, please!' said the Guard, putting his head in at the window. In a moment everybody was holding out a ticket: they were about the same size as the people, and quite seemed to fill the carriage.
'Now then! Show your ticket, child!' the Guard went on, looking angrily at Alice. And a great many voices all said together ('like the chorus of a song,' thought Alice), 'Don't keep him waiting, child! Why, his time is worth a thousand pounds a minute!'
'I'm afraid I haven't got one,' Alice said in a frightened tone: 'there wasn't a ticket-office where I came from.' And again the chorus of voices went on. 'There wasn't room for one where she came from. The land there is worth a thousand pounds an inch!'
'Don't make excuses,' said the Guard: 'you should have bought one from the engine-driver.' And once more the chorus of voices went on with 'The man that drives the engine. Why, the smoke alone is worth a thousand pounds a puff!'
Alice thought to herself, 'Then there's no use in speaking.' The voices didn't join in this time, as she hadn't spoken, but to her great surprise, they all THOUGHT in chorus (I hope you understand what THINKING IN CHORUS means—for I must confess that I don't), 'Better say nothing at all. Language is worth a thousand pounds a word!'
'I shall dream about a thousand pounds tonight, I know I shall!' thought Alice.
All this time the Guard was looking at her, first through a telescope, then through a microscope, and then through an opera-glass. At last he said, 'You're travelling the wrong way,' and shut up the window and went away.
'So young a child,' said the gentleman sitting opposite to her (he was dressed in white paper), 'ought to know which way she's going, even if she doesn't know her own name!'
A Goat, that was sitting next to the gentleman in white, shut his eyes and said in a loud voice, 'She ought to know her way to the ticket-office, even if she doesn't know her alphabet!'
There was a Beetle sitting next to the Goat (it was a very queer carriage-full of passengers altogether), and, as the rule seemed to be that they should all speak in turn, HE went on with 'She'll have to go back from here as luggage!'
Alice couldn't see who was sitting beyond the Beetle, but a hoarse voice spoke next. 'Change engines—' it said, and was obliged to leave off.
'It sounds like a horse,' Alice thought to herself. And an extremely small voice, close to her ear, said, 'You might make a joke on that—something about "horse" and "hoarse," you know.'
Then a very gentle voice in the distance said, 'She must be labelled "Lass, with care," you know—'
And after that other voices went on ('What a number of people there are in the carriage!' thought Alice), saying, 'She must go by post, as she's got a head on her—' 'She must be sent as a message by the telegraph—' 'She must draw the train herself the rest of the way—' and so on.
But the gentleman dressed in white paper leaned forwards and whispered in her ear, 'Never mind what they all say, my dear, but take a return-ticket every time the train stops.'
'Indeed I shan't!' Alice said rather impatiently. 'I don't belong to this railway journey at all—I was in a wood just now—and I wish I could get back there.'
'You might make a joke on THAT,' said the little voice close to her ear: 'something about "you WOULD if you could," you know.'
'Don't tease so,' said Alice, looking about in vain to see where the voice came from; 'if you're so anxious to have a joke made, why don't you make one yourself?'
The little voice sighed deeply: it was VERY unhappy, evidently, and Alice would have said something pitying to comfort it, 'If it would only sigh like other people!' she thought. But this was such a wonderfully small sigh, that she wouldn't have heard it at all, if it hadn't come QUITE close to her ear. The consequence of this was that it tickled her ear very much, and quite took off her thoughts from the unhappiness of the poor little creature.
'I know you are a friend,' the little voice went on; 'a dear friend, and an old friend. And you won't hurt me, though I AM an insect.'
'What kind of insect?' Alice inquired a little anxiously. What she really wanted to know was, whether it could sting or not, but she thought this wouldn't be quite a civil question to ask.
'What, then you don't—' the little voice began, when it was drowned by a shrill scream from the engine, and everybody jumped up in alarm, Alice among the rest.
The Horse, who had put his head out of the window, quietly drew it in and said, 'It's only a brook we have to jump over.' Everybody seemed satisfied with this, though Alice felt a little nervous at the idea of trains jumping at all. 'However, it'll take us into the Fourth Square, that's some comfort!' she said to herself. In another moment she felt the carriage rise straight up into the air, and in her fright she caught at the thing nearest to her hand, which happened to be the Goat's beard.
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But the beard seemed to melt away as she touched it, and she found herself sitting quietly under a tree—while the Gnat (for that was the insect she had been talking to) was balancing itself on a twig just over her head, and fanning her with its wings.
It certainly was a VERY large Gnat: 'about the size of a chicken,' Alice thought. Still, she couldn't feel nervous with it, after they had been talking together so long.
'—then you don't like all insects?' the Gnat went on, as quietly as if nothing had happened.
'I like them when they can talk,' Alice said. 'None of them ever talk, where I come from.'
'What sort of insects do you rejoice in, where YOU come from?' the Gnat inquired.
'I don't REJOICE in insects at all,' Alice explained, 'because I'm rather afraid of them—at least the large kinds. But I can tell you the names of some of them.'
'Of course they answer to their names?' the Gnat remarked carelessly.
'I never knew them do it.'
'What's the use of their having names,' the Gnat said, 'if they won't answer to them?'
'No use to THEM,' said Alice; 'but it's useful to the people who name them, I suppose. If not, why do things have names at all?'
'I can't say,' the Gnat replied. 'Further on, in the wood down there, they've got no names—however, go on with your list of insects: you're wasting time.'
'Well, there's the Horse-fly,' Alice began, counting off the names on her fingers.
'All right,' said the Gnat: 'half way up that bush, you'll see a Rocking-horse-fly, if you look. It's made entirely of wood, and gets about by swinging itself from branch to branch.'
'What does it live on?' Alice asked, with great curiosity.
'Sap and sawdust,' said the Gnat. 'Go on with the list.'
Alice looked up at the Rocking-horse-fly with great interest, and made up her mind that it must have been just repainted, it looked so bright and sticky; and then she went on.
'And there's the Dragon-fly.'
'Look on the branch above your head,' said the Gnat, 'and there you'll find a snap-dragon-fly. Its body is made of plum-pudding, its wings of holly-leaves, and its head is a raisin burning in brandy.'
'And what does it live on?'
'Frumenty and mince pie,' the Gnat replied; 'and it makes its nest in a Christmas box.'
'And then there's the Butterfly,' Alice went on, after she had taken a good look at the insect with its head on fire, and had thought to herself, 'I wonder if that's the reason insects are so fond of flying into candles—because they want to turn into Snap-dragon-flies!'
'Crawling at your feet,' said the Gnat (Alice drew her feet back in some alarm), 'you may observe a Bread-and-Butterfly. Its wings are thin slices of Bread-and-butter, its body is a crust, and its head is a lump of sugar.'
'And what does IT live on?'
'Weak tea with cream in it.'
A new difficulty came into Alice's head. 'Supposing it couldn't find any?' she suggested.
'Then it would die, of course.'
'But that must happen very often,' Alice remarked thoughtfully.
'It always happens,' said the Gnat.
After this, Alice was silent for a minute or two, pondering. The Gnat amused itself meanwhile by humming round and round her head: at last it settled again and remarked, 'I suppose you don't want to lose your name?'
'No, indeed,' Alice said, a little anxiously.
'And yet I don't know,' the Gnat went on in a careless tone: 'only think how convenient it would be if you could manage to go home without it! For instance, if the governess wanted to call you to your lessons, she would call out "come here—," and there she would have to leave off, because there wouldn't be any name for her to call, and of course you wouldn't have to go, you know.'
'That would never do, I'm sure,' said Alice: 'the governess would never think of excusing me lessons for that. If she couldn't remember my name, she'd call me "Miss!" as the servants do.'
'Well, if she said "Miss," and didn't say anything more,' the Gnat remarked, 'of course you'd miss your lessons. That's a joke. I wish YOU had made it.'
'Why do you wish I had made it?' Alice asked. 'It's a very bad one.'
But the Gnat only sighed deeply, while two large tears came rolling down its cheeks.
'You shouldn't make jokes,' Alice said, 'if it makes you so unhappy.'
Then came another of those melancholy little sighs, and this time the poor Gnat really seemed to have sighed itself away, for, when Alice looked up, there was nothing whatever to be seen on the twig, and, as she was getting quite chilly with sitting still so long, she got up and walked on.
She very soon came to an open field, with a wood on the other side of it: it looked much darker than the last wood, and Alice felt a LITTLE timid about going into it. However, on second thoughts, she made up her mind to go on: 'for I certainly won't go BACK,' she thought to herself, and this was the only way to the Eighth Square.
'This must be the wood,' she said thoughtfully to herself, 'where things have no names. I wonder what'll become of MY name when I go in? I shouldn't like to lose it at all—because they'd have to give me another, and it would be almost certain to be an ugly one. But then the fun would be trying to find the creature that had got my old name! That's just like the advertisements, you know, when people lose dogs—"ANSWERS TO THE NAME OF 'DASH:' HAD ON A BRASS COLLAR"—just fancy calling everything you met "Alice," till one of them answered! Only they wouldn't answer at all, if they were wise.'
She was rambling on in this way when she reached the wood: it looked very cool and shady. 'Well, at any rate it's a great comfort,' she said as she stepped under the trees, 'after being so hot, to get into the—into WHAT?' she went on, rather surprised at not being able to think of the word. 'I mean to get under the—under the—under THIS, you know!' putting her hand on the trunk of the tree. 'What DOES it call itself, I wonder? I do believe it's got no name—why, to be sure it hasn't!'
She stood silent for a minute, thinking: then she suddenly began again. 'Then it really HAS happened, after all! And now, who am I? I WILL remember, if I can! I'm determined to do it!' But being determined didn't help much, and all she could say, after a great deal of puzzling, was, 'L, I KNOW it begins with L!'
Just then a Fawn came wandering by: it looked at Alice with its large gentle eyes, but didn't seem at all frightened. 'Here then! Here then!' Alice said, as she held out her hand and tried to stroke it; but it only started back a little, and then stood looking at her again.
'What do you call yourself?' the Fawn said at last. Such a soft sweet voice it had!
'I wish I knew!' thought poor Alice. She answered, rather sadly, 'Nothing, just now.'
'Think again,' it said: 'that won't do.'
Alice thought, but nothing came of it. 'Please, would you tell me what YOU call yourself?' she said timidly. 'I think that might help a little.'
'I'll tell you, if you'll move a little further on,' the Fawn said. 'I can't remember here.'
So they walked on together though the wood, Alice with her arms clasped lovingly round the soft neck of the Fawn, till they came out into another open field, and here the Fawn gave a sudden bound into the air, and shook itself free from Alice's arms. 'I'm a Fawn!' it cried out in a voice of delight, 'and, dear me! you're a human child!' A sudden look of alarm came into its beautiful brown eyes, and in another moment it had darted away at full speed.
Alice stood looking after it, almost ready to cry with vexation at having lost her dear little fellow-traveller so suddenly. 'However, I know my name now.' she said, 'that's SOME comfort. Alice—Alice—I won't forget it again. And now, which of these finger-posts ought I to follow, I wonder?'
It was not a very difficult question to answer, as there was only one road through the wood, and the two finger-posts both pointed along it. 'I'll settle it,' Alice said to herself, 'when the road divides and they point different ways.'
But this did not seem likely to happen. She went on and on, a long way, but wherever the road divided there were sure to be two finger-posts pointing the same way, one marked 'TO TWEEDLEDUM'S HOUSE' and the other 'TO THE HOUSE OF TWEEDLEDEE.'
'I do believe,' said Alice at last, 'that they live in the same house! I wonder I never thought of that before—But I can't stay there long. I'll just call and say "how d'you do?" and ask them the way out of the wood. If I could only get to the Eighth Square before it gets dark!' So she wandered on, talking to herself as she went, till, on turning a sharp corner, she came upon two fat little men, so suddenly that she could not help starting back, but in another moment she recovered herself, feeling sure that they must be.
This story was recorded at such a soft volume level tha even with my computer on maximum volume, we had trouble listening to it.
August 12, 2010
Oh,thank you very much natasha about reading this spectacular classic novel.it has learnt me many english tips and words and phrases.can you read the other chapters of through the looking glass(4,5,…)too?
September 11, 2010
i do a homeschooling program, and me and my mom hope you make chapters 4 and 5 soon.
September 19, 2010
@ redblackpenguin, i agree with your notes i also hope they make chapter 4 soon!
September 22, 2010
to kana: that is strange because i did NOT have to download ANY of the stories!
September 22, 2010
PLEASE MAKE CHAPTER 4!!! :~)
September 22, 2010
please make chapters 4 and 5 soon. i have to read them for my homeschooling curriculum. my mom says so!
cartoonroom985 (ivy) —
September 29, 2010
i hate this story its boringggggggggggggg!
October 11, 2010
The story is good to read,even though i have 1or2 that I understand.
October 12, 2010
When is the next one comin out bertie… i’ve been waiting for months.. please respond.
October 14, 2010
Bertie are we going to get the next chapter anytime soon, i’ve kind of loved listening to these, when i’m cleaning at work, and now i have nothing left to listen to.
I loved this story I want to hear this again, beacuse it is cool!
October 14, 2011
Are you sure that’s it to the story?
December 7, 2011
not the last one right? when will the next one come out?
December 9, 2011
Thank you for listening to the Alice Looking Glass Chapters
we hope the remaining chapters will be out in the New Year.
In the mean time why not try try reading another similar writer Edward Lear
He also wrote in the Victorian era and you can find on Storynory including The Table & The Chair
Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite stories, however I’m a little disappointing that the next chapter isn’t up, when it’s been about two or so years. However, I’ll keep waiting, I don’t really have another option.
August 6, 2012
I’m sorry you have had to wait so many years, Bertie has been writing so many stories and it takes him a long time to edit some of the audio stories. Through The Looking Glass will come out, we just don’t know when!!
WE WANT CHAPTER 4 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please Bertie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
September 18, 2012
I LIKE IT
October 9, 2012
I WANT CHAPTER 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
October 9, 2012
Thank you for reading this, Natasha! When can we expect chapter 4? I’ve already read the book, but I do so love to listen to the chapters read aloud!
November 2, 2012
December 5, 2012
this is a good story
December 6, 2012
I really enjoy listening to storynory, thank you for your work. When
are you going to make chapter 4?
December 7, 2012
Is there a third story about Alice?
I really want to know so please can you say!
Thanks for this chapter! Ioved it!
this was a nice story to listen to hope others like it like i did.
January 6, 2013
Ive bin waiting for 4 years and still no chapter
January 12, 2013
When you finish Chapter 8, please consider also doing the long-lost Chapter 8 addendum called ‘A Wasp In A Wig’ published in 1977. It’s great when it’s possible to include ‘Deleted Scenes’ too! Thanks for all your great recordings!
February 18, 2013
Hi Bertie and Natasha! I love to listen to Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass! I have read both of the books multiple times, but it”s so much nicer to hear them read aloud. Natasha’s voice complements the story so well! When can we expect chapter 4?
March 4, 2013
Dear Natasha i Hope chapter 4 will come out soon or else maybe you can read it again or see what the problem is.
May 1, 2013
May 22, 2013
I waited a long time but can I listen to more chapters?
Lan tian —
June 14, 2013
Dear Natasha and Bertie we’ve been listening to all of the alice chapter for whiles and would appreciate it if the next chapter would come out soon or you could read it again if possible
July 10, 2013
Good and is this Natasha reading this
August 15, 2013
We have very much enjoyed your reading, can’t wait for the next chapter!
The way the story is told is inspiration to a lot of people
January 15, 2014
Sasha tontines —
January 15, 2014
I’m wondering whether or not you’ll go on with this story, because I really like Natasha’s reading!
Thanks Bertie and Natasha:-)
February 28, 2014
still waiting to hear about the next chapters for Through the Lookingglass….
April 22, 2014
Hello I am Umaima .It is a lovely website , I love Natasha a you are a well reader, I practice at home like you and I hope that one day I will also make a audio like you .Thank you for reading a lovely novel ,you are fantastic at making voices of creatures of wonderland .
Thank you .
I really like this strange and fascinating story and I’m hoping that chapter 4 will come out
May 22, 2014
I love it. One of my fav stories everrrr XD
August 15, 2014
Please finish the series Bertie!
Sophie, Emilia, Santa Rosa, California —
September 20, 2014
Could we please have chapter 4? I will die if we don’t!
September 25, 2014
Dear Iamabadgal… maybe one day!
September 25, 2014
your book is good.
September 26, 2014
I love your book so much
October 21, 2014
When will the next chapter be up????? PLEASE
October 24, 2014
Yes i like it ☺️☺️ 🙂
January 16, 2015
February 26, 2015
I’m loving this book
March 8, 2015
i do not like this
March 9, 2015
no one likes this book.
March 9, 2015
March 10, 2015
it is bad
March 20, 2015
This is a really good book
March 20, 2015
i loved all of them please reply natasha bye bye
March 21, 2015
Pink Fluffy Unicorn —
March 22, 2015
I am going to ask you, when will the rest of the chapters of the story continue?
Henry Jeckill —
May 28, 2015
This is a great story, and we should continue on to find out what happens next, for I truly love this story.
Henry Jeckill —
May 28, 2015
kool story dohhhh
June 9, 2015
When is the 4 chapter coming up ?????? I am waiting for almost 5 years !!!
July 9, 2015
Your Comment here…i love this,but y cn’t i download it
July 13, 2015
Yes we have tried it and it works. It must be a blip on the internet. Try again later.
Jana Elizabeth —
July 13, 2015
I love your book it a star I wish that i cold have a book like that keep it up.
August 23, 2015
Alice in wonderland is my favvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv story ever I can listen to it for my whole life I love it we’ll not as my as Charlotte’s web can you play that some time.
P.S love it
Epicosity pearl —
September 3, 2015
I hate the story
dead inside —
September 28, 2015
very good book
November 3, 2015
VERY BORING BOOK I EVERY READ IN MY LIFE
ZUBAIR BHATTI —
November 3, 2015
i looooooooooovvvve it so much am your #1FAN
April 26, 2016
April 28, 2016
I like this story because it is a calm story. the story is alice in the wonderland
June 2, 2016
I’m so sad that there are many heartless comments here. Please don’t write a comment if you don’t like this story…
Anyway I like this project but there’s no update for a long time. I’m still waiting new one! Please complete the story soon!!!
June 7, 2016
this book is really good
August 31, 2016
i really like this book because i loved the move so i really liked the book beater i think better.
August 31, 2016
very very good yay
September 6, 2016
this is so good
September 7, 2016
It is okay.
October 24, 2016
When will the chapter 4 arrive?I have been waiting for 4 years and nothing’s changed
November 11, 2016
I like so so so so so so so so so so so so much make a chapter 4 today now ok bertie
annalise rm 233 —
November 21, 2016
Bertie, could you please finish Alice Through the Looking Glass! Thanks
December 4, 2016
January 18, 2017
cant wait for the next chapter
February 5, 2017
This was a good story
February 14, 2017
I like this story thanks for reading it to me 🙂
February 16, 2017
Chapter 4 please😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡
April 10, 2017
Sound drops off ?
July 1, 2017
It is so good😱
August 8, 2017
Hi, I’m 20 years old and I’m currently studying English as a foreign language (I’ve been studying it since 2014, so it’s been almost 4 years learning about this beautiful language already). I’m also doing the teacher training colleague on English =)
I’ve just finished reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with some help from your audio book (which is AWESOME btw) so thank you very much for all your hard work, it’s actually helping a lot of people like me out there :B I’m sure!!! I know Alice’s books are not that difficult to understand since it was meant for children mainly, but one has some problems (as a non native speaker) with the vocabulary, certain structures and things of the sort. Your audio book helped me picturing way better what was happening in the story, and correcting some intonation issues I had while reading so, thank you very very much!
It has been of such help that I’m even planning on using this site (especially your Alice’s audio books) on my future classes, if you don’t mind of course. It’ll be really useful for students since it’s lovely read , which makes it really fun and easy to follow!
I hope you are releasing the next chapter soon!
Regards, Rodrigo :3
August 15, 2017
It is a very good audio story indeed, but why don’t you finish the Alice series？I’m eager to listen to the next charpter.
August 18, 2017
it is spectacular pls make a chapter 4
August 28, 2017
November 22, 2017
December 8, 2017
Make more Alice Through The Looking Glass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
December 14, 2017
Why don’t you finish Alice through the looking glass.please please please finish ittttttt.