" That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
" I don't much care where " said Alice.
" Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.
" so long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation.
"Oh, you 're sure to do that," said the Cat, " if you only walk long enough."
Alice felt that this could not be denied, so she tried another question. " What sort of people live about here ? "
" In that direction," the Cat said, waving its right paw round, " lives a Hatter : and in that direction," waving the other paw, " lives a March Hare. Visit either you like, they 're both mad.'
" But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
" Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat : "we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."
" How do you know I 'm mad ? " said Alice.
" You must be," said the Cat, " or you wouldn't have come here."
Alice didn't think that proved it at all: however, she went on: " And how do you know that you 're mad ?"
" To begin with," said the Cat, " a dog 's not mad. You grant that?"
" I suppose so," said Alice.
" Well, then," the Cat went on, " you see a dog growls when it's angry, and wags its tail when it's pleased. Now I growl when I 'm pleased, and wag my tail when I'm angry. Therefore I'm mad."
" I call it purring, not growling," said Alice.
" Call it what you like' said the Cat. " Do you play croquet with the Queen today ? "
" I should like it very much," said Alice, " but I haven't been invited yet."
" You 'll see me there," said the Cat, and vanished.
Title Alice's adventures in wonderland. Author: Lewis Carroll. Publisher: Macmillan, 1898. First Published 1865. Original from: Harvard University. Digitized: Sep 20, 2007. Length: 192 pages, with original illustrations by Sir John Tenniel (28 February 1820 – 25 February 1914)
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