Brother and Sister

Author: Lewis Carroll  | Date: 1845


"SISTER, sister, go to bed!

Go and rest your weary head."

Thus the prudent brother said.

"Do you want a battered hide,

Or scratches to your face applied?"

"Thus his sister calm replied.

"Sister, do not raise my wrath.

I’d make you into mutton broth

As easily as kill a moth!"

The sister raised her beaming eye

And looked on him indignantly

And sternly answered, "Only try!"

Off to the cook he quickly ran.

"Dear Cook, please lend a frying-pan

To me as quickly as you can."

"And wherefore should I lend it you?"

"The reason, Cook, is plain to view.

I wish to make an Irish stew."

"What meat is in that stew to go?"

"My sister’ll be the contents!"


"You’ll lend the pan to me, Cook?"


Moral: Never stew your sister.

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Chicago: Lewis Carroll, Brother and Sister Original Sources, accessed May 25, 2024,

MLA: Carroll, Lewis. Brother and Sister, Original Sources. 25 May. 2024.

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