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Here is where the notes about the different animals mapping to people the real Alice knew comes in handy, since it makes her familiarity with them, and the Lory's attitude of "I'm older than you, I know better" make more sense. Not that "sense" is necessarily a key thing in this story, anyhow.

*snrk* Well, that passage is certainly dry, although I can see why it doesn't do the trick.

It's at least very kind of Alice not to laugh in the Dodo's face as it presents her the thimble... although she is very quick to then offend everyone with her cat... really, the girl needs to think for two seconds before opening her mouth. :p

And geez, I really really hope Alice doesn't make a habit of eating and drinking *everything* she finds, helpfully labeled "eat me" or "drink me," even in strange people's houses.

Humph, for someone who's been following the white rabbit around all this time, she's awfully mean to him, snatching at him with her oversized hand. :p And given that she wants out of her predicament, you'd think she might think of, oh, speaking up and saying something to them all. Also: poor Bill.

I do feel a bit bad that Alice has to run away from the puppy... it just SOUNDS adorable.

Ah, the caterpillar! That's always been a rather... memorable bit of the Alice stories for me, for whatever reason!

And since I forgot to include it before: the schedule!


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May. 10th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
Oo, right, I included that note with the previous reading, but forgot that might not be all that memorable. :p

The Dodo was a caricature of Carroll himself, the Duck was Reverend Robinson Duckworth, a fellow friend and companion of Carroll and the Liddell sisters (Alice Liddell being the original Alice), the Lory was Alice's older sister Lorina, and the Eaglet is their younger sister Edith.

So yeah, apparently Lory = older sibling.

And good catch on the RPG reference... that is very similar. Let's hope kids don't tend to learn their social mores from tales like this, and RPGs! "So, I'm glad you could come over to visit and... hey! Why are you rummaging through my dresser??"
May. 17th, 2012 01:20 am (UTC)
I was thinking of RPGs too -- especially after the caterpillar. The way she keeps the chunks of left-mushroom & right-mushroom around for continuous size alteration really struck me this time.

(Between that & the imagery, no wonder they keep making games based on this?)

I don't know if it's due to reading this far too young, but I hate the caucusing. It may be because I keep trying to make sense of the Mouse's "dry" speech, or it may be the stress pouring off the animals as Alice keeps sticking her foot in her mouth, but I just get no fun out of that.

On the other hand, the caterpillar was moderately awesome, and I don't blame Alice for not knowing he's exactly 3" high. (Whereas I do blame her for continually talking about her cat.) And then we get to the Cheshire Cat...
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