However, the egg only got larger and larger, and more and morehuman: when she had come within a few yards of it, she saw that it hadeyes and a nose and mouth; and when she had come close to it, she sawclearly that it was HUMPTY DUMPTY himself. `It can't be anybodyelse!' she said to herself. `I'm as certain of it, as if his name were writtenall over his face.'
It might have been written a hundred times, easily, on that enormousface. Humpty Dumpty was sitting with his legs crossed, like a Turk, onthe top of a high wall--such a narrow one that Alice quite wondered howhe could keep his balance--and, as his eyes were steadily fixed in theopposite direction, and he didn't take the least notice of her, she thought hemust be a stuffed figure after all.
`And how exactly like an egg he is!' she said aloud, standing withher hands ready to catch him, for she was every moment expecting him tofall.
`It's VERY provoking,' Humpty Dumpty said after a long silence,looking away from Alice as he spoke, `to be called an egg-- VERY!'
`I said you LOOKED like an egg, Sir,' Alice gently explained. `Andsome eggs are very pretty, you know' she added, hoping to turn her remarkinto a sort of a compliment.
`Some people,' said Humpty Dumpty, looking away from her asusual, `have no more sense than a baby!'
Alice didn't know what to say to this: it wasn't at all likeconversation, she thought, as he never said anything to HER; in fact, hislast remark was evidently addressed to a tree--so she stood and softlyrepeated to herself: -`Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall:
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the King's horses andall the King's men Couldn't put Humpty Dumpty in hisplace again.'
`That last line is much too long for the poetry,' she added, almost out loud, forgetting that Humpty Dumpty would hear her.
`Don't stand there chattering to yourself like that,' Humpty Dumptysaid, looking at her for the first time, `but tell me your name and yourbusiness.'
`My NAME is Alice, but--'
`It's a stupid enough name!' Humpty Dumpty interruptedimpatiently. `What does it mean?'
`MUST a name mean something?' Alice asked doubtfully.
`Of course it must,' Humpty Dumpty said with a short laugh: `MYname means the shape I am--and a good handsome shape it is, too. Witha name like yours, you might be any shape, almost.'
`Why do you sit out here all alone?' said Alice, not wishing to beginan argument.
`Why, because there's nobody with me!' cried Humpty Dumpty.
`Did you think I didn't know the answer to THAT? Ask another.'
`Don't you think you'd be safer down on the ground?' Alice went on,not with any idea of making another riddle, but simply in her good-naturedanxiety for the queer creature. `That wall is so VERY narrow!'
`What tremendously easy riddles you ask!' Humpty Dumptygrowled out. `Of course I don't think so! Why, if ever I DID fall off-which there's no chance of--but IF I did--' Here he pursed his lips andlooked so solemn and grand that Alice could hardly help laughing. `IF Idid fall,' he went on, `THE KING HAS PROMISED ME--WITH HISVERY OWN MOUTH--to--to--'