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Book Report: Alice in Wonderland

Your Humble Blogger is still working through the backlog of Book Reports. I’m far enough behind in time that I haven’t noted the fact that I read Alice in Wonderland way back before I saw the movie, and I finally wrote something about having seen the movie last week after letting that note sit around for months.

Anyway, I did read Alice, and Through the Looking-Glass, too. I think of them as one book, I’m afraid. I’ve never owned a volume that had only Alice, or Looking-Glass either for that matter, so they seem like two halves of a whole, and when I finish the one I go on to t’other. On the other hand, I do tend to remember which bits are in which books, if only because the conceit is so different. Tweedledum and Tweedledee have to be in Looking-Glass, because Alice has to pass through their square; the Mad Tea Party has to be in Alice, because she sees the Mad Hatter again at the trial.

And the Red Queen is a chesspiece, and the Queen of Hearts is a playing card. They are not the same person. They aren’t even the same person in the sense that the Red King’s servants Hatta and Haigha are the Mad Hatter and the March Hare, which is only sort of true. Still, he must have two servants, you know. One to fetch and one to carry. But the point is that the Red Queen is a chesspiece, and the Queen of Hearts is a playing card. Not the same person.

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,
-Vardibidian.

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