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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:
Chapter 6. Pig and Pepper - Part 4

'Oh, don't bother ME,' said the Duchess; 'I never could abide figures!' And with that she began nursing her child again, singing a sort of lullaby to it as she did so, and giving it a violent shake at the end of every line:

   'Speak roughly to your little boy,
    And beat him when he sneezes:
   He only does it to annoy,
    Because he knows it teases.'

        CHORUS.

(In which the cook and the baby joined):--

      'Wow! wow! wow!'

While the Duchess sang the second verse of the song, she kept tossing the baby violently up and down, and the poor little thing howled so, that Alice could hardly hear the words:--

   'I speak severely to my boy,
    I beat him when he sneezes;
   For he can thoroughly enjoy
    The pepper when he pleases!'

        CHORUS.

      'Wow! wow! wow!'

'Here! you may nurse it a bit, if you like!' the Duchess said to Alice, flinging the baby at her as she spoke. 'I must go and get ready to play croquet with the Queen,' and she hurried out of the room. The cook threw a frying-pan after her as she went out, but it just missed her.

Alice caught the baby with some difficulty, as it was a queer-shaped little creature, and held out its arms and legs in all directions, 'just like a star-fish,' thought Alice. The poor little thing was snorting like a steam-engine when she caught it, and kept doubling itself up and straightening itself out again, so that altogether, for the first minute or two, it was as much as she could do to hold it.

Vocabulary
bother molestar
abide tolerar, soportar
figure cifra
lullaby canción de cuna
roughly bruscamente
annoy molestar
tease burlarse
toss lanzar
thoroughly muchísimo, a fondo
please querer
fling lanzar
queer-shaped con forma rara
snort bufar, gruñir
steam-engine motor a vapor
double oneself up retorcerse
straighten oneself out estirarse
hold sostener

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