Saturday, October 8, 2011

Curiouser and Curiouser

Admittedly, I'd never read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in its entirety before yesterday. I'm a good English major: I've read excerpts of it many times, I've written a poem based on it, I've seen the animated film and the new, trippy Tim Burton version. As I knew I would, I loved the novel when I finally entered Lewis Carroll's amazing dreamworld. There's not much more I can say about a classic like this, without doing some sort of in-depth analysis (and there's no time for that right now, I've got a Notre Dame game to watch). But I will post a few of my favorite quotes, because it's Alice in Wonderland, and there are just so many good ones.

"For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible."

“It was much pleasanter at home," thought poor Alice, "when one wasn't always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down the rabbit-hole--and yet--and yet--...”

"Lastly, she pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, in the after‑time, be herself a grown woman; and how she would keep, through all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood; and how she would gather about her other little children, and make their eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago; and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child‑life, and the happy summer days."

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