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:

  • Ambition
  • Distraction
  • Derision
  • Mystery
  • Drawling
  • Stretching
  • Fainting
  • Laughing
  • Grief

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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