First it marked out a race-course, in a sort of circle, ("the exact shape
doesn't matter," it said,) and then all the party were placed along the
course, here and there. There was no "One, two, three, and away," but
they began running when they liked, and left off when they liked, so that it was
not easy to know when the race was over. However, when they had been running
half an hour or so, and were quite dry again, the Dodo suddenly called "The
race is over!" and they all crowded round it, panting, and asking "But
who has won?"