They were standing under a tree, each with an arm round theother's neck, and Alice knew which was which in a moment, because oneof them had `DUM' embroidered on his collar, and the other `DEE.' `Isuppose they've each got "TWEEDLE" round at the back of the collar,' shesaid to herself.
They stood so still that she quite forgot they were alive, and she wasjust looking round to see if the word "TWEEDLE" was written at the backof each collar, when she was startled by a voice coming from the onemarked `DUM.'
`If you think we're wax-works,' he said, `you ought to pay, youknow. Wax-works weren't made to be looked at for nothing, nohow!'
`Contrariwise,' added the one marked `DEE,' `if you think we'realive, you ought to speak.'
`I'm sure I'm very sorry,' was all Alice could say; for the words ofthe old song kept ringing through her head like the ticking of a clock, andshe could hardly help saying them out loud:-so, They quite forgot their quarrel.
`Tweedledum and TweedledeeAgreed to have a battle;Had spoiled his nice newJustrattle.
then flewFor Tweedldown aedmonstrous crow,um said TweedledeeAs black as a tar-barrel; Which frig'
htened both the heroes`I know what you're thinking about,' said Tweedledum: `but it isn'tso, nohow.'
`Contrariwise,' continued Tweedledee, `if it was so, it might be; andif it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.'
`I was thinking,' Alice said very politely, `which is the best way outof this wood: it's getting so dark. Would you tell me, please?'
But the little men only looked at each other and grinned.
They looked so exactly like a couple of great schoolboys, that Alicecouldn't help pointing her finger at Tweedledum, and saying `First Boy!'
`Nohow!' Tweedledum cried out briskly, and shut his mouth upagain with a snap.
`Next Boy!' said Alice, passing on to Tweedledee, though she feltquite certain he would only shout out `Contrariwise!' and so he did.
`You've been wrong!' cried Tweedledum. `The first thing in a visitis to say "How d'ye do?" and shake hands!' And here the two brothersgave each other a hug, and then they held out the two hands that were free,to shake hands with her.
Alice did not like shaking hands with either of them first, for fear ofhurting the other one's feelings; so, as the best way out of the difficulty,she took hold of both hands at once: the next moment they were dancinground in a ring. This seemed quite natural (she remembered afterwards),and she was not even surprised to hear music playing: it seemed to comefrom the tree under which they were dancing, and it was done (as well asshe could make it out) by the branches rubbing one across the other, likefiddles and fiddle-sticks.
`But it certainly WAS funny,' (Alice said afterwards, when she wastelling her sister the history of all this,) `to find myself singing "HERE WEGO ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH." I don't know when I began it,but somehow I felt as if I'd been singing it a long long time!'