They had not gone far before they saw the Mock Turtle in the distance, sitting sad and lonely on a little ledge of rock, and, as they came nearer, Alice could hear him sighing as if his heart would break.
So they went up to the Mock Turtle, who looked at them with large eyes full of tears, but said nothing.
I'll tell it her,' said the Mock Turtle in a deep, hollow tone: `sit down, both of you, and don't speak a word till I've finished.
Once,' said the Mock Turtle at last, with a deep sigh, `I was a real Turtle.
from the Gryphon, and the constant heavy sobbing of the Mock Turtle.
When we were little,' the Mock Turtle went on at last, more calmly, though still sobbing a little now and then, `we went to school in the sea.
We called him Tortoise because he taught us,' said the Mock Turtle angrily: `really you are very dull
At last the Gryphon said to the Mock Turtle, `Drive on, old fellow
then yours wasn't a really good school,' said the Mock Turtle in a tone of great relief.
Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with,' the Mock Turtle replied; `and then the different branches of Arithmetic-- Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision.
Alice did not feel encouraged to ask any more questions about it, so she turned to the Mock Turtle, and said `What else had you to learn?
Well, there was Mystery,' the Mock Turtle replied, counting off the subjects on his flappers, `--Mystery, ancient and modern, with Seaography: then Drawling--the Drawling-master was an old conger-eel, that used to come once a week: HE taught us Drawling, Stretching, and Fainting in Coils.
Well, I can't show it you myself,' the Mock Turtle said: `I'm too stiff.
I never went to him,' the Mock Turtle said with a sigh: `he taught Laughing and Grief, they used to say.
Ten hours the first day,' said the Mock Turtle: `nine the next, and so on.