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



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,"


to her great disappointment

it was empty:

she did not like

to drop the jar

for fear

of killing somebody

so managed

to put it

into one

of the cupboards

as she fell

past it.


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!


I wouldn't say

anything about it,

even if I fell

off the top

of the house!"

(Which was

very likely true.)




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


near the centre

of the earth.

Let me see:

that would be

four thousand

miles down,

I think -- "

(for, you see,

Alice had learnt

several things

of this sort

in her lessons

in the schoolroom,

and though

this was not

a very good


for showing off

her knowledge,

as there was

no one

to listen

to her,


it was

good practice

to say

it over)

" -- yes,

that's about

the right distance --

but then

I wonder

what Latitude

and Longitude

I've got to?"

Alice had

no idea

what Latitude was,

or Longitude either,

but thought

they were nice