Walt Disney totally mixed up Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, with bits of The Hunting of the Snark, in both the original cartoon Alice in Wonderland and the much more recent live-action of the same title. If you learned your Lewis Carroll from Disney, you probably guessed wrong a few times about which book was the source of each of last week’s quotes. All of these quotes but the last are taken from the original Lewis Carroll books.

“There ought to be a book written about me, that there ought!” Lewis Carroll,  Alice in Wonderland. Alice, expanding in the White Rabbit’s house.

“Beware the Jabberwok, my son!” Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass. Part of the poem Jabberwocky, written in Mirror-writing in the room Alice first finds on the other side of the looking-glass (the mirror image of the room in her home.)

“In most gardens they make the beds too soft—so the flowers are always asleep.” Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass. The Tiger-lily’s explanation of why the flowers in this bed are awake and talking.

“Who in the world am I?  Ah, that’s the great puzzle.” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland. Alice, just after she grows for the first time and is uncertain of her own identity.

“If you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you.” Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass. Alice has just been introduced to the Unicorn, who considers human children fabulous monsters. When Alice replies that she has always thought that unicorns were fabulous monsters, the Unicorn suggests that they should both believe in each other.

“I don’t like belonging to another person’s dream.” Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass. Alice is concerned whether she is in her own dream or the Red King’s dream.

“What was wrong with her, that she had forgotten so thoroughly the dangers of her home?” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Marna has just almost been killed by a butterfly cat, because she forgot predators are dangerous.

One final reminder: I have a guest interview today on Christine Warner’s blog, Christine’s Words. Drop by and say hello!

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