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.
Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland in Oxford, England.
Alice in Wonderland was said to have been written/partially written in The Ravensworth Arms, a pub situated In Lamesley, Tyne and Wear.
In llandudno Wales
Because the note attached to it says "drink me".
When Alice first sees the Mock Turtle in Wonderland, he is sitting on a rock.
They had not gone far before they saw the Mock Turtle in the distance, sitting sad and lonely on a little ledge of rock, and, as they came nearer, Alice could hear him sighing as if his heart would break
Other than that, the author gives no indication as to the location of the scene, except that there is some implication that they might be near the sea shore, as that is where the Lobster Quadrille must be danced, and the Turtle and the Gryphon give a demonstration of it, and their conversation is full of references to the ocean and to various sea creatures.
A boy is warned of the dangers of the Jabberwock and other monsters. He picks up his sword and goes to look for the monster. The monster appears and the boy kills it. He chops off its head and goes home. His father is pleased to see him and that he has killed the beast.
The origins of the phrase 'grinning like a Cheshire cat' are unknown, but there are several theories.
According to Martin Gardner, in his Annotated Alice, the two leading theories are that a sign painter in Cheshire painted grinning lions on the sign boards of local inns and that Cheshire cheeses used to be molded in the shape of a grinning cat. It is not known whether either of these theories is correct.
The phrase first appears in print in the second edition of Francis Grose's Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, from 1778:
"Cheshire Cat He grins like a Cheshire cat; said of any one who shows his teeth and gums in laughing."
The term was popularised by Lewis Carroll's 1865 novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
James bites her, but Carlisle gets to him before James kills her.
Simple, old-fashioned, side-buttoned flats.
In the book they are described as black and shiny.
The word "Jabberwocky" means "Invented or meaningless language in other case, nonsense", although this is true, the meaning of Jabberwocky in the poem written by Lewis Carroll is impossible to pinpoint due to the fact that he utilized different sounds and word combinations to express feeling, giving the poem a certain mood, but no actual meaning.
The March Hare put butter in the Hatter's watch.
The Hatter was the first to break the silence. `What day of the month is it?' he said, turning to Alice: he had taken his watch out of his pocket, and was looking at it uneasily, shaking it every now and then, and holding it to his ear.
Alice considered a little, and then said `The fourth.'
`Two days wrong!' sighed the Hatter. `I told you butter wouldn't suit the works!' he added looking angrily at the March Hare.
`It was the BEST butter,' the March Hare meekly replied.
`Yes, but some crumbs must have got in as well,' the Hatter grumbled: `you shouldn't have put it in with the bread-knife.'
The March Hare took the watch and looked at it gloomily: then he dipped it into his cup of tea, and looked at it again: but he could think of nothing better to say than his first remark, `It was the BEST butter, you know.'
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the phrase "mad as a hatter" is actually literal. back in medieval times-ish, hatters used lead to shape the hats, which, naturally, caused insanity. hence the hatter in alice in wonderland is mad.
Jabberwocky uses a combination of made up nonsense words, ordinary English and old fashioned English.
The nonsense words are:
The old fashioned words Carroll used were to make the poem seem antiquated and are, twas, hast and thou.
When Alice meets the Cheshire Cat he gives her directions to the Hatter's house and the March Hare's house. Alice decides to visit the March Hare on the grounds that, as she's seen hatters before, meeting a march hare will be more interesting. She recognizes the hare's house as it resembles a hare.
`In THAT direction,' the Cat said, waving its right paw round, `lives a Hatter: and in THAT direction,' waving the other paw, `lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they're both mad.'
....after a minute or two she walked on in the direction in which the March Hare was said to live. `I've seen hatters before,' she said to herself; `the March Hare will be much the most interesting, and perhaps as this is May it won't be raving mad--at least not so mad as it was in March.'
....She had not gone much farther before she came in sight of the house of the March Hare: she thought it must be the right house, because the chimneys were shaped like ears and the roof was thatched with fur.
It was all very well to say `Drink me,' but the wise little Alice was not going to do that in a hurry. `No, I'll look first,' she said, `and see whether it's marked "poison" or not'; for she had read several nice little histories about children who had got burnt, and eaten up by wild beasts and other unpleasant things, all because they would not remember the simple rules their friends had taught them: such as, that a red-hot poker will burn you if you hold it too long; and that if you cut your finger very deeply with a knife, it usually bleeds; and she had never forgotten that, if you drink much from a bottle marked `poison,' it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Time, which is represented as though it were a real person, is angry with the Hatter and has fixed things so that it is always six o'clock and therefore always teatime.
Alice sighed wearily. `I think you might do something better with the time,' she said, `than waste it in asking riddles that have no answers.'
`If you knew Time as well as I do,' said the Hatter, `you wouldn't talk about wasting IT. It's HIM.'...
'Now, if you only kept on good terms with him, he'd do almost anything you liked with the clock. For instance, suppose it were nine o'clock in the morning, just time to begin lessons: you'd only have to whisper a hint to Time, and round goes the clock in a twinkling! Half-past one, time for dinner!'...
`We quarrelled last March--just before HE went mad, you know--' (pointing with his tea spoon at the March Hare,)...
`And ever since that,' the Hatter went on in a mournful tone, `he won't do a thing I ask! It's always six o'clock now.'
A bright idea came into Alice's head. `Is that the reason so many tea-things are put out here?' she asked.
`Yes, that's it,' said the Hatter with a sigh: `it's always tea-time, and we've no time to wash the things between whiles.'
The Cheshire Cat is niether good nor evil. There are no 'good guys' and 'bad guys' in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - there are just 'guys'
One of the interesting things about the Alice books is that, even though it takes place is a fantasy world populated by extraordinary creatures, the 'poeple' Alice meets are far more like real people than those seen in the majority of fiction, in that they are not bad or good, they are just people (just like in real life.)
They are exclamations of joy and are equivalent to 'hurrah' and 'hooray'.
Some people believe that Alice's size changes imply the growth into adulthood.
What Alice found through the looking glass was the Looking-Glass World.
The full title of Lewis Carroll's second Alice novel is Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. Once she has travelled through the looking glass, she discovers the Looking-glass World, a fantastical place, similar to Wonderland.