Cutting Remarks at a Tea Party?

(or, Syntax is Everything)

“Your hair wants cutting,” said the Hatter. He had been looking at Alice for some time with great curiosity, and this was his first speech.
“You should learn not to make personal remarks,” Alice said with some severity; “it’s very rude.”
The Hatter opened his eyes very wide on hearing this; but all he said was,
“Why is a raven like a writing desk?”
“Come, we shall have some fun now!” thought Alice. “I’m glad they’ve begun asking riddles- I believe I can guess that,” she added aloud.
“Do you mean that you think you can find out the answer to it?” said the March Hare.
“Exactly so,” said Alice.
“Then you should say what you mean,” the March Hare went on.
“I do,” Alice hastily replied; “at least- at least I mean what I say- that’s the same thing, you know.”
“Not the same thing a bit!” said the Hatter. “Why, you might just as well say that ‘I see what I eat’ is the same thing as ‘I eat what I see’!”
“You might just as well say,” added the Dormouse, who seemed to be talking in his sleep, “that ‘I breathe when I sleep’ is the same thing as ‘I sleep when I breathe’!”
“It is the same thing with you,” said the Hatter and here the conversation dropped and the party sat silent for a minute, while Alice thought over all she could remember about ravens and writing desks, which wasn’t much.

a snippet of dialogue
from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll



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7 Responses to Cutting Remarks at a Tea Party?

  1. puzzleblume says:

    I love “Alice”!


    • Evelyn says:

      I have to admit to being very partial to Lewis Carroll’s stories. They are very special even well into adulthood. Sometimes I think he wrote them because he never wanted to grow up !
      Nice to see you here ! The Castle Lady

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      • puzzleblume says:

        When I was a kid, I only knew some German Version and found it too strange, I read the original later and with a lot of pleasure because of the satirical wisdom about education and society, so I don’t think, it i was a book for kids, even if it was sold so.


  2. Evelyn says:

    Many people feel that Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland fiction was political and he wrote it in the style of children’s literature to shield himself from outright criticism for his views. I think it was also social commentary in general which would have only given him more reason to shield himself. He was a very clever man with a big heart. BTW, I think his stories will come out rather strange in any language. I’ll have to check out a German version of it someday. That will be very interesting.
    ; ) The Castle Lady


  3. J.R.Bee says:

    I never like Alice as a character, but there are some little gems in there


    • Evelyn says:

      If you take the stories in the context of what Alice’s name actually means, which is truth, then you can get a sense of what Lewis Carroll was trying to create on a personal level. What happens when you mix truth with a bunch of nonsense. Pandemonium.


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