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SA Partridge

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In the Red Queen’s garden

For Helen, because her garden always makes me think of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

A large rose-tree stood near the entrance of the garden: the roses growing on it were white, but there were three gardeners at it, busily painting them red. Alice thought this a very curious thing, and she went nearer to watch them, and just as she came up to them she heard one of them say, `Look out now, Five! Don’t go splashing paint over me like that!’

…. `Would you tell me,’ said Alice, a little timidly, `why you are painting those roses?’ Five and Seven said nothing, but looked at Two. Two began in a low voice, `Why the fact is, you see, Miss, this here ought to have been a red rose-tree, and we put a white one in by mistake; and if the Queen was to find it out, we should all have our heads cut off, you know. So you see, Miss, we’re doing our best, afore she comes, to–’ At this moment Five, who had been anxiously looking across the garden, called out `The Queen! The Queen!’ and the three gardeners instantly threw themselves flat upon their faces. There was a sound of many footsteps, and Alice looked round, eager to see the Queen.


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  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    September 28th, 2010 @22:37 #

    Thanks, I'm touched! *Explanatory note: am temporary sojourner in Red Queen's garden, having no royal blood myself. The only cries of "Off with their heads!" come from the kitties as they contemplate particularly saucy avians.


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