More Of Carroll’s Word Play
The Mock Turtle and Gryphon scene was jam packed with wordplay. That wonderful art of Lewis Carroll.
- Tortoise – because “he taught us” – of course!
- Uglification – the opposite of beautification
- Lessons that lessen in time
- Blacking polishes boots and shoes, while whiting polishes soles and eels – this one cracked me up!
- Never start a journey without a porpoise as opposed to a purpose
What I loved best about this scene were the classes they described themselves taking. Their schedule looked something like this:
What if children were given courses in ambition or distraction. What a wonderful course distraction would be. Sitting there doing nothing but attempting to distract your fellow pupils. What about Laughing? Oh I would have loved to take a course on laughing. However, I do think the best course would have been fainting. I am getting all these images of a floor covered in overstuffed pillows and children dramatically fainting. It would be fantastic!
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