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Unformatted text preview: "If everybody minded their business," the Duchess says, "the world would go around a deal faster than it does." "Which would not be an advantage," observes Alice. "Talking of axes," says the Duchess, "Chop off her head!" The Duchess is abominable, and the baby bears the worst of her cruelty. While violently throwing the baby around, the Duchess sings a crude and savage lullaby: Speak roughly to your little boy, And beat him when he sneezes: He only does it to annoy, Because he knows it teases. The cook and the baby then recite a chorus to each stanza: Wow! wow! wow! This verse, like the others before it, is another parody of a well-known poem in Carroll's time. Alice is rightly appalled at the lullaby's sentiments and the Duchess' cruelty. Every now and then, the Duchess calls the baby "Pig!" This is proof enough that the Duchess has a barbarous nature....
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08