(`I only wish it was,' the March Hare said to itself in a whisper.)
(pointing with his tea spoon at the March Hare,) `--it was at the great concert given by the Queen of Hearts, and I had to sing
`Suppose we change the subject,' the March Hare interrupted, yawning.
`Take some more tea,' the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
`There's no such thing!' Alice was beginning very angrily, but the Hatter and the March Hare went `Sh!
"Torwood Park doesn't belong to your cousin?" inquired March.
This repeated eulogy on the great social statesman affected Harold March as if somebody had defined Napoleon as a distinguished player of nap.
But March had no time to study the man more closely, for, much to his astonishment, his guide merely observed, "Hullo, Jack!" and walked past him as if he had indeed been a signpost, and without attempting to inform him of the catastrophe beyond the rocks.
"I know his book, of course," said March, with renewed interest.
No man in the British army which has marched away, not the great Duke himself, could be more cool or collected in the presence of doubts and difficulties, than the indomitable little aide-de-camp's wife.
If Captain Dobbin expected to get any personal comfort and satisfaction from having one more view of Amelia before the regiment marched away, his selfishness was punished just as such odious egotism deserved to be.
I suspect that the real attraction was a large library of fine books, which was left to dust and spiders since Uncle March died.
The moment Aunt March took her nap, or was busy with company, Jo hurried to this quiet place, and curling herself up in the easy chair, devoured poetry, romance, history, travels, and pictures like a regular bookworm.
But the training she received at Aunt March's was just what she needed, and the thought that she was doing something to support herself made her happy in spite of the perpetual "Josy-phine!"
March smiled and began at once, for she had told stories to this little audience for many years, and knew how to please them.