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It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens (Alice had once made the remark) that, whatever you say to them, they always purr. "If they would only purr for 'yes,' and mew for 'no,' or any rule of that sort," she had said, "so that one could keep up a conversation! But how can you talk with a person if they always say the same thing?" (Looking-Glass 12.2)

Alice wants a back-and-forth communicative exchange with her kittens. Apart from the fact that this is silly, it points out the fact that communication consists of a give and take between two parties – not just a one-sided monologue.

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