this afternoon i ventured out into the heat of the day, sat down on banks of the pond, and began to read ‘alice’s adventures in wonderland’. with huge blue dragonflies flitting about and the sounds of fish pattering against the reeds floating across the water, it seemed the most perfect place in the world to be reading of rabbit holes and talking caterpillars. no waist-coated white rabbit ran past me though- only a little cat named alfie intent upon eating every wasp in surrey.
i absolutely love all the pen and ink illustrations that pepper the text, and find they capture my imagination just as much as the story itself. aren’t they so lovely? :)
my favourite part so far is from a little poem that alice recites called ‘you are old, father william’, about a man whose jaw is so strong from arguing with his wife that he can bite through goose bones!
…’you are old,’ said the youth, ‘and your jaws are too weak
for anything tougher than suet;
yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak-
pray, how did you manage to do it?’
‘in my youth,’ said his father, ‘i took to the law,
and argued each case with my wife;
and the muscular strength, which it gave to my jaw
has lasted the rest of my life.’
what are your thoughts on ‘alice’s adventures in wonderland’? have you ever read the book/seen the film? ♥