Saturday, 27 September 2014

More about Alice

'The time has come,' the Walrus said,
To talk of many things:
Of shoes- and ships- and sealing wax-
Of cabbages-and kings-
And why the sea is boiling hot-
And whether pigs have wings!'

This delightful verse is typical of the wonderful story of Alice in Wonderland. While reading her story we enter a country where nothing is as it should be, and where all sorts of unexpected and improbable things happen. Lewis Carroll's real name was Charles Luteidge Dodgson and he was a university professor of mathematics and logic at Christchurch, Oxford. When he was about thirty- three he took his friend Dean Liddell's children,Alice Liddell and her two sisters for a river trip near Oxford . They stopped for a picnic in the meadows and they asked him to tell them a story. So that is how Alice began her immortal adventures by going down a rabbit hole. It was an immediate success and is still enchanting young children.
John Masefield tells us inhis Everlasting Mercy that

He who gives a child a treat
Puts golden stones in heaven's street,
And he who gives a child a home,
Builds palaces in Kingdom Come.

So if you haven't already read Alice in Wonderland you have a treat in store  - playing croquet with live flamingoes and hedgehogs,sitting in a train with a dressed-up goat,the Mad Hatters tea party just to mention a few.

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