• I'm still with you in the water

    "The King turned pale, and shut his note-book hastily. "Consider your verdict," he said to the jury, in a low trembling voice.

    "There's more evidence to come yet, please your Majesty," said the White Rabbit, jumping up in a great hurry: "this paper has just been picked up."

    "What's in it?" said the Queen.

    "I haven't opened it yet," said the White Rabbit; "but it seems to be a letter, written by the prisoner to-to somebody."

    "It must have been that," said the King, "unless it was written to nobody, which isn't usual, you know."

    "Who is it directed to?" said one of the jurymen.

    "It isn't directed at all," said the White Rabbit: "in fact, there's nothing written on the outside." He unfolded the paper as he spoke, and added "It isn't a letter, after all: it's a set of verses."

    "Are they in the prisoner handwriting?" asked another of the jurymen.

    "No, they're not," said the White Rabbit, "and that's the queerest thing about it." (The jury all looked puzzled.)

    "He must have imitated somebody else's hand," said the King. (The jury all brightened again.)

    "Please, your Majesty," said the Knave, "I didn't write it, and they can't prove that I did: there's no name signed at the end."

    "If you didn't sign it," said the King, "that only makes the matter worse. You must have meant some mischief, or else you would have signed your name like an honest man."

    There was a general clapping of hands at this: it was the first really clever thing the King had said that day.

    "That proves his guilt, of course," said the Queen, "so, off with--"

    "It doesn't prove anything of the sort!" said Alice. "Why, you don't even know what they're about!"

    "Read them," said the King.

    The White Rabbit put on his spectacles. "Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?" he asked.

    "Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop.""

     

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Caroll

     

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