"In that case," said the Dodo
solemnly, rising to its feet, "I move that the meeting adjourn, for
the immediate adoption of more energetic remedies---"
"Speak English!" said the Eaglet. "I don't know the meaning
of half those long words, and, what's more, I don't believe you do either!"
And the Eaglet bent down its head to hide a smile: some of the other birds
"What I was going to say," said the Dodo in an offended
tone, "was, that the best thing to get us dry would be a Caucus-race."
"What is a Caucus-race?" said Alice; not that she much wanted
to know, but the Dodo had paused as if it thought that somebody ought to
speak, and no one else seemed inclined to say anything.
"Why," said the Dodo, "the best way to explain it
is to do it." (And, as you might like to try the thing yourself some
winter day, I will tell you how the Dodo managed it.)
First it marked out a race-course, in a sort of circle ("the exact
shape doesn't matter," it said), and then all the party were placed
along the course, here and there. There was no "One, two, three, and
away," but they began running when they liked, and left off when they
liked, so that it was not easy to know when the race was over. However,
when they had been running half an hour or so, and were quite dry again,
the Dodo suddenly called out "The race is over!" and they
all crowded round it, panting, and asking, "But who has won?"
This question the Dodo could not answer without a great deal of
thought, and it sat for a long time with one finger pressed upon its forehead
(the position in which you usually see Shakespeare, in the pictures of
him), while the rest waited in silence. at last the Dodo said, "Everybody
has won, and all must have prizes."
（by Lewis Carroll "Alice In Wonderland")