Alice and the Caterpillar (Alice in Wonderland)
French writing exercise

Alice et la Chenille (Alice au Pays des Merveilles)

Alice meets the mysterious Caterpillar in this adapted excerpt from "Alice in Wonderland"

Some vocabulary you may want to look up before or during this exercise:
"a hookah", "to address [someone]", "languid", "just at present", "mean by that?", "to explain [oneself]", "to change sizes", "so many times".

In this literary text, use Le Passé Simple when appropriate (i.e. not in dialogues)

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The Caterpillar and Alice looked at each other for some time in silence: then the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth, and addressed her in a languid, sleepy voice. "Who are YOU?" said the Caterpillar. This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, "I–I hardly know, sir, just at present - at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I must have changed several times since then." "What do you mean by that?" said the Caterpillar sternly. "Explain yourself!" "I'm afraid I can't explain MYSELF, sir" said Alice, "because I'm not myself, you see." "No, I don't see," said the Caterpillar. "I'm sorry, but I can't explain it more clearly," Alice replied very politely, "for I can't understand it myself to begin with; and it's very confusing to change sizes so many times in a day." "No, it isn't," said the Caterpillar.

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