I watched the new Disney live-ation Alice in Wonderland recently, then went back and watched the original cartoon version, and finally rechecked the books. Plural. Disney used bits and pieces from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (cards) and Through The Looking Glass (chess) with a fine disregard for which world was which, so unless you’ve actually read both books, you may have trouble sorting out which quotes came from which book. I might add that the blurb for the combined book also mixes up the two worlds.

“I’m older than you, and must know better.” Carroll. Context? Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The Lory is insisting on primacy in figuring out how to get dry before the Dodo comes up with the idea of the caucus-race. What’s a lory? Webster’s unabridged says it’s “any of a subordinate genus of birds of the parrot family, usually of a red color, inhabiting southeastern Asia, Oceana, and the Malay Archipelago.” So at least it’s from the same part of the world as the Dodo.

“What is the use of a book without pictures or conversations? Carroll. Context? Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alice cannot see why her sister is reading such a boring book.

“Nobody can do two things at once, you know.” Carroll. Context? Through the Looking-Glass. The White Queen is advising Alice to think of something else rather than cry.  Obviously she hasn’t heard of multitasking, but then recent studies have shown that it isn’t as effective as people like to think.

“Why is a raven like a writing-desk?” Carroll. Context? Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This is the question the Mad Hatter asks Alice. According to Carroll, the answer is “Because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat, and it is nevar (sic) put with the wrong end in front.” (I think it’s a pretty lame riddle, too.)

“They know I can’t get at them, or they wouldn’t dare to do it!” Carroll. Context? Through The Looking-Glass. The Tiger-lily in the garden of live flowers, annoyed at the impudence of the daisies.

“It takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place.” Carroll. Context? Through the Looking-Glass. The Red Queen to Alice, just after a frantic race to stay in the same place.

“All working societies have to balance the tension between individuals and society.” Bowling. Context? This is from my new book, Tourist Trap. It is part of Roi’s discussion with Penny of some problems with her society as they are pulling the sleds with the hang gliders back to the storage shed.