Then the Queen left off, quite out of breath, and said to Alice, `Have you seen the Mock Turtle yet?'
`It's the thing Mock Turtle Soup is made from,' said the Queen.
`Up, lazy thing!' said the Queen, `and take this young lady to see the Mock Turtle, and to hear his history.
They had not gone far before they saw the Mock Turtle in the distance, sitting sad and lonely on a little ledge of rock, and, as they came nearer, Alice could hear him sighing as if his heart would break.
So they went up to the Mock Turtle, who looked at them with large eyes full of tears, but said nothing.
`I'll tell it her,' said the Mock Turtle in a deep, hollow tone: `sit down, both of you, and don't speak a word till I've finished.'
`Once,' said the Mock Turtle at last, with a deep sigh, `I was a real Turtle.'
These words were followed by a very long silence, broken only by an occasional exclamation of `Hjckrrh!' from the Gryphon, and the constant heavy sobbing of the Mock Turtle. Alice was very nearly getting up and saying, `Thank you, sir, for your interesting story,' but she could not help thinking there MUST be more to come, so she sat still and said nothing.
`When we were little,' the Mock Turtle went on at last, more calmly, though still sobbing a little now and then, `we went to school in the sea.
`We called him Tortoise because he taught us,' said the Mock Turtle angrily: `really you are very dull!'
At last the Gryphon said to the Mock Turtle, `Drive on, old fellow!
Walking along the Strand, afterwards, and observing a hard mottled substance in the window of a ham and beef shop, which resembled marble, but was labelled 'Mock Turtle
', I went in and bought a slab of it, which I have since seen reason to believe would have sufficed for fifteen people.