Alice in Wonderland Chapter 11 Page 11

Hatter began, in a trembling voice, ‘ — and I hadn’t begun my tea — not above a week or so — and what with the bread-and-butter getting so thin — and the twinkling of the tea — ’

‘The twinkling of the what?

’ said the King.

‘It began with the tea,’ the Hatter replied.

‘Of course twinkling begins with a T!’ said the King sharply. ‘Do you take me for a dunce? Go on!’

‘I’m a poor man,’ the Hatter went on, ‘and most things twinkled after that — only the March Hare said — ’