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Checkers Through the Looking-Glass

For some minutes Alice stood without speaking, looking out in all directions over the country---and a most curious country it was.  There were a number of tiny little brooks running straight across it from side to side, and the ground between was divided up into squares by a number of little green hedges, that reached from brook to brook.

`I declare it's marked out just like a large chessboard!' Alice said at last.  `There ought to be some men moving about somewhere---and so there are!' She added in a tone of delight, and her heart began to beat quick with excitement as she went on.  `It's a great huge game of chess that's being played---all over the world---if this is the world at all, you know.  Oh, what fun it is!  How I wish I was one of them!  I wouldn't mind being a Pawn, if only I might join---though of course I should like to be a Queen, best.'