Down the rabbit hole

Posted: November 8th, 2008 under Alice in Wonderland.

1. There was nothing so very remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so very much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, `Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!’ (when she thought it over afterwards, it occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually took a watch out of its waistcoat- pocket, and looked at it, and then hurried on, Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge.
What does this tell us about Alice’s character? Also, notice how long and complicated this sentence is.

2. In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again. What does this tell us about Alice’s character?

3. (Alice had no idea what Latitude was, or Longitude either, but thought they were nice grand words to say .) This seems to be a typical result of Alice’s learning.

4. (and she tried to curtsey as she spoke– fancy curtseying as you’re falling through the air! Do you think you could manage it?) What does this tell us about Alice’s upbringing? Note, the 2nd person.

5. `Dinah’ll miss me very much to-night, I should think!’ (Dinah was the cat .) `I hope they’ll remember her saucer of milk at tea-time.’ What does this tell us about Alice?

6. `What a curious feeling!’ said Alice; `I must be shutting up like a telescope .’ Be careful of what you wish for.

7. Soon her eye fell on a little glass box that was lying under the table: she opened it, and found in it a very small cake, on which the words `EAT ME’ were beautifully marked in currants. `Well, I’ll eat it,’ said Alice, `and if it makes me grow larger, I can reach the key; and if it makes me grow smaller, I can creep under the door; so either way I’ll get into the garden, and I don’t care which happens!’
What does this tell us about Alice’s intelligence?

Remember: the white rabbit, falling, the key; the garden, her literal mind `But it’s no use now,’ thought poor Alice, `to pretend to be two people! Why, there’s hardly enough of me left to make ONE respectable person!’

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