"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll, Chapters 10–12

Alice falls asleep in a meadow and wakes in a surreal world inhabited by characters such as the White Rabbit, the Red Queen, and the Cheshire Cat. Learn these words from Lewis Carroll's delightful and witty novel.

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  1. tureen
    large deep serving dish with a cover
    Beautiful Soup, so rich and green,
    Waiting in a hot tureen!
    Who for such dainties would not stoop?
    Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!
    Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!
  2. sluggard
    an idle slothful person
    "Stand up and repeat, ''Tis the voice of the sluggard,'" said the Gryphon.
  3. askance
    with suspicion or disapproval
    "You can really have no notion how delightful it will be,
    When they take us up and throw us, with the lobsters, out to sea!"
    But the snail replied, "Too far, too far!" and gave a look
    askance
  4. pun
    a humorous play on words
    "Then the words don't fit you," said the King, looking round the court with a smile. There was a silence.
    "It's a pun!" the King added in an angry tone, and everybody laughed.
  5. trickle
    run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream
    (The unfortunate little Bill had left off writing on his slate with one finger, as he found it made no mark; but he now hastily began again, using the ink, that was trickling down his face, as long as it lasted.)
  6. tremulous
    quivering as from weakness or fear
    When the sands are all dry, he is gay as a lark,
    And will talk in contemptuous tones of the Shark:
    But when the tide rises and sharks are around,
    His voice has a timid and tremulous sound.
  7. contemptuous
    expressing extreme scorn
    When the sands are all dry, he is gay as a lark,
    And will talk in contemptuous tones of the Shark:
    But when the tide rises and sharks are around,
    His voice has a timid and tremulous sound.
  8. suppress
    put down by force or authority
    Here one of the guinea-pigs cheered, and was immediately suppressed by the officers of the court.
  9. verdict
    findings of a jury on issues submitted to it for decision
    "Consider your verdict," he said to the jury, in a low trembling voice.
  10. shrill
    having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones
    The long grass rustled at her feet as the White Rabbit hurried by—the frightened Mouse splashed his way through the neighbouring pool—she could hear the rattle of the teacups as the March Hare and his friends shared their never-ending meal, and the shrill voice of the Queen ordering off her unfortunate guests to execution.
  11. upset
    cause to overturn from an upright or normal position
    "Here!" cried Alice, quite forgetting in the flurry of the moment how large she had grown in the last few minutes, and she jumped up in such a hurry that she tipped over the jury-box with the edge of her skirt, upsetting all the jurymen on to the heads of the crowd below, and there they lay sprawling about, reminding her very much of a globe of gold-fish she had accidentally upset the week before.
  12. blast
    a sudden very loud noise
    On this the White Rabbit blew three blasts on the trumpet, and then unrolled the parchment-scroll, and read as follows...
  13. tread
    crush as if by stepping on
    So they began solemnly dancing round and round Alice, every now and then treading on her toes when they passed too close...
  14. confusion
    a mistake that results from taking one thing to be another
    This did not seem to encourage the witness at all: he kept shifting from one foot to the other, looking uneasily at the Queen, and in his confusion he bit a large piece out of his teacup instead of the bread-and-butter.
  15. nervous
    causing or fraught with or showing anxiety
    "Give your evidence," said the King; "and don't be nervous, or I'll have you executed on the spot."
  16. unfortunate
    marked by or resulting in bad luck
    (The unfortunate little Bill had left off writing on his slate with one finger, as he found it made no mark; but he now hastily began again, using the ink, that was trickling down his face, as long as it lasted.)
  17. accident
    an unfortunate mishap
    "Oh, I beg your pardon!" she exclaimed in a tone of great dismay, and began picking them up again as quickly as she could, for the accident of the goldfish kept running in her head, and she had a vague sort of idea that they must be collected at once and put back into the jury-box, or they would die.
  18. adventure
    a wild and exciting undertaking
    And the Gryphon added, "Come, let's hear some of your adventures."
  19. stare
    look at with fixed eyes
    Here the Queen put on her spectacles, and began staring hard at the Hatter, who turned pale and fidgeted.
  20. deny
    declare untrue; contradict
    "I didn’t!" the March Hare interrupted in a great hurry.
    "You did!" said the Hatter.
    "I deny it!" said the March Hare.
    "He denies it," said the King: "leave out that part."
  21. cheer
    show approval or good wishes by shouting
    Here one of the guinea-pigs cheered, and was immediately suppressed by the officers of the court.
  22. eager
    having or showing keen interest or intense desire
    First, she dreamed of little Alice herself, and once again the tiny hands were clasped upon her knee, and the bright eager eyes were looking up into hers.
  23. evidence
    knowledge on which to base belief
    "Give your evidence," said the King; "and don't be nervous, or I'll have you executed on the spot."
  24. court
    a room in which a tribunal sits
    In the very middle of the court was a table, with a large dish of tarts upon it: they looked so good, that it made Alice quite hungry to look at them—"I wish they'd get the trial done," she thought, "and hand round the refreshments!"
  25. examine
    question thoroughly and closely
    The King looked anxiously at the White Rabbit, who said in a low voice, "Your Majesty must cross- examine this witness."
  26. immediately
    without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening
    Here one of the guinea-pigs cheered, and was immediately suppressed by the officers of the court.
  27. repeat
    say or state again
    Her listeners were perfectly quiet till she got to the part about her repeating, "You are old, Father William," to the Caterpillar and the words all coming different, and then the Mock Turtle drew a long breath, and said, "That's very curious."
  28. prove
    establish the validity of something
    "Please your Majesty," said the Knave, "I didn't write it, and they can't prove I did: there's no name signed at the end."
  29. figure
    a predetermined set of movements in dancing or skating
    "Back to land again, and—that's all the first figure," said the Mock Turtle, suddenly dropping his voice, and the two creatures, who had been jumping about like mad dogs, sat down again very sadly and quietly, and looked at Alice.
  30. simple
    easy and not involved or complicated
    ...and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child-life, and the happy summer days.
  31. consider
    think about carefully; weigh
    " Consider your verdict," he said to the jury, in a low trembling voice.
  32. emphasis
    intensity or forcefulness of expression
    "The trial cannot proceed," said the King in a very grave voice, "until all the jurymen are back in their proper places—all," he repeated with great emphasis, looking hard at Alice as he said so.
  33. mischief
    reckless or malicious behavior causing annoyance in others
    "If you didn’t sign it," said the King, "that only makes the matter worse. You must have meant some mischief, or else you'd have signed your name like an honest man."

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