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Alice in Wonderland - Chapter Two

The Pool of Tears read by Lorraine Montgomery

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Chapter Two: The Pool of Tears

Author: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)

Read by: Lorraine Montgomery


Charles Dodgson, a lecturer in mathematics at Christ Church college of Oxford University, published Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865 under the pseudonym of Lewis Carroll.

Thanks to the Florida Center for Instructional Technology, which provides over 5,500 audio files of K-12 literature to schools worldwide through its Lit2Go collection (https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go), we can listen to this wonderful tale.1

Click on the arrow below to access Chapter Two.  

To go to a particular timestamp, click to the right or left on the bars.
Important timestamps are as follows:

0:17 – “now I’m opening out like the largest telescope that ever was”
1:42 – “She sat down and began to cry again.”
2:00 – “until there was a large pool all around her.”
2:16 – “It was the white rabbit returning”
3:21 – “Who in the world am I?”
5:05 – “and welcome little fishies in with gently smiling jaws.”
6:18 – “I must be growing small again.”
7:55 – “She was in a pool of tears”
8:35 – “it was only a mouse”
11:56 – “for the mouse was swimming away from her as hard as it could go.”
12:44 – “Alice led the way, and the whole party swam to the shore.”


1 Carroll, L. (1865). Chapter II: The Pool ofTears. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved February 08, 2023, from https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/1/alices-adventures-in-wonderland/3/chapter-ii-the-pool-of-tears/

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