Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
Exploration Quotes Page 4
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"I only hope the boat won't tipple over!" she said to herself. "Oh, what a lovely one! Only I couldn't quite reach it." And it certainly did seem a little provoking ("almost as if it happened to be on purpose," she thought) that, though she managed to pick plenty of beautiful rushes as the boat glided by, there was always a more lovely one that she couldn't reach.
"The prettiest are always further!" she said at last, with a sigh at the obstinacy of the rushes in growing so far off, as, with flushed cheeks and dripping hair and hands, she scrambled back into her place, and began to arrange her new-found treasures.
What mattered it to her just then that the rushes had begun to fade, and to lose all their scent and beauty, from the very moment that she picked them? Even real scented rushes, you know, last only a very little while – and these, being dream-rushes, melted away almost like snow, as they lay in heaps at her feet – but Alice hardly noticed this, there were so many other curious things to think about. (Looking-Glass 5.87-89)
It's not having but collecting the rushes that is important to Alice. In one sense, this is disheartening – she's just picking them for the fun of it and doesn't care about having them. But in another sense, what she values is the process of her adventure, not the end product or some souvenir.