"I have no heart, you know, so I am careful to help all those who may need a friend, even if it happens to be only a mouse."
"Only a mouse!" cried the little animal, indignantly.
'Ah, here you are again!' said the Mouse; 'you must certainly have had an enjoyable day.'
'Topoff!' echoed the Mouse, 'it is indeed a wonderful and curious name.
THIS is the Mouse peeping out behind the cupboard, and making fun of Miss Moppet.
THIS is Miss Moppet jumping just too late; she misses the Mouse and hits her own head.
She said to the mouse
: 'You must do me a favour, and once more manage the house for a day alone.
`Would it be of any use, now,' thought Alice, `to speak to this mouse
? Everything is so out-of-the-way down here, that I should think very likely it can talk: at any rate, there's no harm in trying.' So she began: `O Mouse
, do you know the way out of this pool?
"Good day, your Majesty, said Nick, politely addressing the mouse
; "I trust you are enjoying good health?"
This proposal met with general applause, until an old mouse
got up and said: "That is all very well, but who is to bell the Cat?" The mice looked at one another and nobody spoke.
And the Mouse
mounted at once, putting his paws upon the other's sleek neck and vaulting nimbly.
"It is dreadfully cold," said the Mouse
. "But for that, it would be delightful here, old Fir, wouldn't it?"