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Endnotes Inspired by Alice舗s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass Comments & Questions For Further Reading From the Pages of Alice舗s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down what seemed to be a very deep well. (Alice舗s Adventures in Wonderland, page 13) Š Tied round the neck of the bottle was a paper label, with the words 舠DRINK ME舡 beautifully printed on it in large letters.
Like chess and a logical argument, a conversation is a game having a beginning, middle, and end, and is conducted according to certain rules or rituals (manners). Most of Alice舗s non-human interlocutors (chess pieces, mice, eggs, toads, walrus, lion, unicorn, flowers), however, seem to be playing a different game than Alice. They claim to not know what Alice 舠means舡 or else proclaim, as Humpty Dumpty does, that a word 舠means just what I choose it to mean舒neither more nor less舡 (p. 219). Alice舗s conversations, when they don舗t end unsatisfactorily in silence, tend to go in a circle.
Of course, we often seem to know something is lost before we lose it舒and this feeling suffuses childhood and the adult舗s recollection of what that childhood was, which is probably the only childhood he or she can have. Such is the nature of desire: One desires things that have yet to be and that are in some sense already lost to the moment of desire. When the Queen pricks her finger, Alice asks why she doesn舗t scream. The Queen replies, 舠Why, I舗ve done all the screaming already舡 (p. 206). In a paradoxical way, the book suggests that one has desires in order to forget them and thus grow into the future rather than merely repeat one舗s past.