"Alice couldn't help laughing, as she said "I don't want you to hire me-and i don't care for jam."
"It's very good jam," said the Queen.
"Well, I don't want any today, at any rate."
"You couldn't have it if you did want it," the Queen said. "The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday-but never jam today."
"It must come sometimes to 'jam today'," Alice objected.
"No, it can't," said the Queen. "It's jam every other day: today isn't any other day, you know."
"I don't understand you," said Alice. "It's dreadfully confusing!"
"That's the effect of living backwards," the Queen said kindly: "it always makes one a little giddy at first-"
"Living backwards!" Alice repeated in great astonishment. "I never heard of such a thing!"
"-but there's one great advantage in it, that one's memory works both ways."
"I'm sure mine nay works one way," Alice remarked. "I can't remember things before they happen."
"It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards."
Through the Looking-Glass, Lewis Caroll