In Lewis Carroll's book, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the Hatter's famous riddle - "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" - has no answer.
"Have you guessed the riddle yet?" the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.
"No, I give it up," Alice replied. "What's the answer?"
"I haven't the slightest idea," said the Hatter.
"Nor I," said the March Hare.
Alice sighed wearily. "I think you might do something better with the time," she said, "than wasting it in asking riddles that have no answers."
When he wrote the book, Carroll had no answer for the riddle either, nor did he intend there to be one. However, over subsequent years, so many people asked him the answer that in the preface to the 1896 edition he wrote:
"Enquiries have been so often addressed to me, as to whether any answer to the Hatter's Riddle can be imagined, that I may as well put on record here what seems to me to be a fairly appropriate answer, viz: 'Because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front!' This, however, is merely an afterthought; the riddle as originally invented, had no answer at all."
(Note that he spells "nevar" as "raven" written backwards - a joke which overenthusiastic copy editors "corrected" in later editions.)
Carroll is not the only person to offer an answer after the fact, other solutions have also been given, the best known being, "because Poe wrote on both." Other suggestions include, "because there is a 'b' in both and an 'n' in neither," "because they are both nouns," and "because they both have inky quills."
It has been claimed that Carroll is satirizing philosophical paradoxes and riddles. As a logician he may be poking fun at our need for an answer to every question. In reality it is not a riddle at all, but a pseudo-problem masquerading as a riddle. He believed that most riddles are fallacious because they lead the reader to believe that such events are possible or even answerable.
Ultimately, it could be true to say that the real answer to the question is that there is no answer.
Why is a raven like a writing desk?
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The famous riddle is, "Why is a raven like a writing desk?"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.
the persimony of life is neatly ordered in the same way juice is served with tea
It means that you need to start flossing with bacon. It's also why a raven is like a writing desk.
The Hatter asked Alice the famous riddle, "why is a raven like a writing desk?"
At the end she says," Hatter, how is a raven like a writing desk?"And then he says," I haven't the slightest idea!"
Lewis Carroll first posed this question in his book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It is asked by the Hatter.
Presuming you mean, Why is a Raven like a writing desk? There was no "real" answer... however a potential solution to the riddle is, They were both used by Edgar Allen Poe in his writing.
The riddle that the Hatter asks at the mad tea party, "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" is a very well known literary simile.
It is desk that you write on
The Hatter's famous question is, "Why is a raven like a writing desk?"`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?'
Why is a raven like a writing desk? More importantly, Is a aardvark a cat or a dog? Some things for you to consider whilst you try and colour white.
Both has a 'b'. Neither has a 'n'. It's a non sequitar.
An office or study desk refers to a small writing desk with drawers.
A desk is used for writing on.
It is called an Escritoire
The value of an antique writing desk depends on the condition it is in. If the desk is in poor condition it could be worth absolutely nothing.
It was when Alice asked him, "Hey, why is a raven like a writing desk?" and the Mad Hatter answered," I haven't the slightest idea." Then he whispered something to Alice I couldn't make it out but I think he said "Farewell, Alice".
One of the most popular riddles for kids is, "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" This comes from Alice in Wonderland and was written without answer. "What's full of holes but still holds water," is another famous example.
It has been suggested that a raven is like a writing test because both are very annoying. But perhaps it is because both are characterised by the mindless parroting of the utterances of others.When Lewis Carroll originally posed the question it asked why a raven is like a writing desk, not test. It didn't have an answer and Carroll didn't intend it to, but so many people asked him what the solution was that, two decades later, he offered the following, "'Because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front!"Some years after that Sam Loyd proposed the solution which is the most popular today, "Because Poe wrote on both."
A desk can be used for putting your computer on. A desk can be a place for doing homework/work. A desk can be a place for writing.
Schreibtisch = desk (lit. writing desk)
The famous riddle in Alice in Wonderland is "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" which the Hatter asks Alice during the mad tea party.Although attempts have been made to answer this riddle, it originally did not have an answer and Lewis Carroll never intended it to have one.