I'm reading Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll). The book begins with the following sentence:
Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank.
My question is related to the word "bank". In my language, this word means "park bench", and I have seen some English writers use it in that sense, but I learned that the word "bank" in English refers to the bank of a river or something like that (and cartoons show a river bank instead of a park bench). So my question is this: what is the true meaning of the word "bank" in that sentence? Does it refer to the bank of the river or a park bench?