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.'