Still, she couldn't feel nervous with it, after they had been talking together so long.
` -- then you don't like all insects?' the Gnat went on, as quietly as if nothing had happened.
- `I like them when they can talk,' Alice said. `None of them ever talk, where I come from.'
`What sort of insects do you rejoice in, where you come from?' the Gnat inquired.
- `I don't rejoice in insects at all,' Alice explained, `because I'm rather afraid of them -- at least the large kinds. But I can tell you the names of some of them."
`Of course they answer to their names?' the Gnat remarked carelessly.
- `I never knew them do it.'
`What's the use of their having names the Gnat said, `if they won't answer to them?'
- `No use to them,' said Alice; `but it's useful to the people who name them, I suppose. If not, why do things have names at all?'
`I can't say,' the Gnat replied. `Further on, in the wood down there, they've got no names -- however, go on with your list of insects: you're wasting time.'