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Hear more of our drama, Alice In Wonderland where Alice tries to get out of the White Rabbit's house. After that, test yourself in our weekly quiz. 

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Alice in Wonderland: Part 4 - The White Rabbit's house

Alice is too big to fit inside the White Rabbit's house. The problem is, she's already inside it! How does she get out - and why is everyone throwing cakes? While you listen to the audio, see how many examples of the second conditional you can spot. Then take a look at the transcript to see them in bold.

 

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Narrator
Hello. Alice fell down a Rabbit Hole one day and found herself in a Wonderland, where Animals talk, curious things happen and everything she eats and drinks makes her grow bigger or smaller. Now she is sitting alone. Suddenly, she heard footsteps. The White Rabbit was running towards her. He seemed to be very worried.

White Rabbit
Oh dear! Where can I have dropped them? I must find them, or I'm sure The Duchess will chop off my head!

Narrator
Alice guessed he was looking for the gloves and fan that he had dropped - but she didn't know where they were either. After all her growing and shrinking, Alice was exactly the same size as the rabbit. When the White Rabbit saw Alice, he spoke to her quite angrily.

White Rabbit
Mary Ann! What are you doing out here? Run home this minute and get me a pair of gloves and a fan! Quickly!

Alice
How surprised he'll be when he finds out I'm not Mary Ann!

Narrator
Alice began to run, as the White Rabbit had told her, although she didn't quite know where she should run to. But soon, a little house appeared with the words 'W. Rabbit' written on the door.

Alice
I won't knock on the door. The real Mary Ann might hear me.

Narrator
Alice crept into the house and went quietly upstairs to a little bedroom… and there she found two fans, three pairs of gloves and…

Alice
Another bottle! I hope it makes me grow bigger again. I'm tired of being such a tiny little thing!

Narrator
…and sure enough, Alice began to grow. Taller and taller she grew, until…

Alice
Ouch! My head! That's quite tall enough. That's tall enough! O-o-o-oh…

Narrator
Alice tried her hardest to stop growing - but it seemed to her like the harder she tried, the taller she grew. Soon Alice was so big that she filled the whole room. Her head pressed against the ceiling, her arm went out of the window and one of her feet went up the chimney.

Alice
What will become of me now?

Narrator
Outside the house, a crowd started to gather. Alice heard voices.

Voices
Oh my goodness, oh my - whatever could it be? What is it?

Narrator
Soon, the White Rabbit arrived.

White Rabbit
What's that in the window?

Voice
It's an arm, sir!

White Rabbit
An arm? Well, it's got no business being there! Bill! Bill! Fetch the ladder and take it away!

Narrator
Bill was the gardener. He brought a ladder and climbed up on to the roof.

White Rabbit
I won't have an arm in my bedroom! Down you go Bill, down the chimney!

Narrator
Poor Bill went up the ladder and tried to go down the chimney. But Alice's foot was waiting for him… with a big kick.

Bill
Ohhhhhhhh!!!!

Voices
Oohs and ahhs, gasps etc Is he hurt? Help him up, give him some air…

Alice
There! That's got rid of him! Now what will they try?

Voices
Try the cakes!

White Rabbit
Yes! The cakes: bring the cakes! We'll need a lot of them. That's right. Now, everybody, throw them through the other window!

Alice
What's this…? Oh! Lots and lots of little cakes.  I wonder… If I ate them, would I shrink again? They must do something… and I must get out of this house. I'll try just one of them to start with.

Narrator
Alice ate one of the little cakes, and soon found herself to be a little smaller. She ate another and another, until at last she was just the right size to run out of the bedroom… and out of the house.

Voices
There she is! What is it? Get her! Catch her, quickly!

Narrator
But Alice was too fast for them. She ran far away from the White Rabbit's house, deeper and deeper into the forest until she became quite lost. She was wondering what she could eat or drink to make her grow to the right size again, when suddenly she saw in front of her a large mushroom - about the same size as herself, with a large blue caterpillar sitting on top of it, smoking a pipe and taking no notice of Alice at all. Will the caterpillar help Alice to grow again? I'll tell you next time.

Download

You can download the Drama from our Unit 24 downloads page or from our BBC Learning English Drama podcast page.

Vocabulary

chop off
remove by cutting

housemaid
a female whose job is to cook and clean in a house

chimney
the vertical tunnel above a fireplace in a room which smoke goes up so that it doesn't go into the room

ladder
a wood or metal set of steps that you climb to reach things that are high up

roof
the part of a building which covers the top

gardener
a person whose job is to look after a garden

giant
a very big person, often a character in fairy tales

caterpillar
a small creature that will one day become a butterfly

Alice in Wonderland Quiz

3 Questions

What have you learnt about Alice in our drama? Test yourself with this quiz.

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Credits

Produced by Catherine Chapman

Cast: Darren Benedict, Alice Brown, Sophie Napleton, BBC Learning English Team

Illustration: Shan Pillay

Scriptwriter: Nicola Prentis

Sound: Paul Scott

Music: Vera Harte

More

You can find all the episodes of Alice in Wonderland and our other BBC Learning English dramas on our Drama page.

Next

You can catch up with part 5 of Alice in Wonderland in Session 5 of Unit 25. Now it's time for the Weekly Quiz. How many can you get right?

本课词汇

  • chop off
    remove by cutting

    housemaid
    a female whose job is to cook and clean in a house

    chimney
    the vertical tunnel above a fireplace in a room which smoke goes up so that it doesn't go into the room

    ladder
    a wood or metal set of steps that you climb to reach things that are high up

    roof
    the part of a building which covers the top

    gardener
    a person whose job is to look after a garden

    giant
    a very big person, often a character in fairy tales

    caterpillar
    a small creature that will one day become a butterfly