Last week I listened to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – somehow I think I made it through the first 60+ years of life without having read it. I was interested to find that this book is the source of the quote, “Curiouser and curiouser.” (And as I type, WORD wants me to double check that spelling, not unlike Alice’s comment immediately having made this observation, that she needs to remember her grammar!)
The scene that I loved the most was the game of croquet. Hedgehogs curled themselves up and served as the balls. Flamingos were the mallets. Alice spoke of the way in which she would get the flamingo’s body situated under her arm, neck and head stretched to the ground ready to strike the “ball” when the flamingo would raise it’s head to look at her. By the time she had gotten the flamingo back in position the hedgehog would have waddled away. And in the midst of this the Queen routinely shouted “Off with their heads!” She (the Queen) was a strange character.
There was another critter, and I’m having trouble remembering which it was, who was comparing notes on schooling experiences with Alice. Alice who was always asking questions inquired about the school day. The response was that the first day of school was a 10 hour day; the next 9; and so on. Alice said that was ridiculous, made no sense! The reply? “Well (said the critter), they do call them ‘lessons!’” Think about it…
I have now moved on to Oliver Twist. Already I am moved by his tender heart, formed as it was against a backdrop of misery. Hope he doesn’t lose that later in the book!