Q is for Queens of Wonderland

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My theme this month is 26 of the Best Characters in Fiction.

IMG_8394Did you think we’d make it through A to Z this year without an Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland post? #sorrynotsorry

There are so many delightfully crazy characters in Alice in Wonderland, but the Queen of Hearts and the White Queen have always had a special place in my heart.

The Queen of Hearts is just plain angry, shouting “off with his head!” constantly. But no one really pays attention to her, and no one actually gets beheaded. She’s like upper management, loud and annoying, but with no idea of what’s really going on. Her poor husband is quite intimidated by her.

She plays croquet with flamingos and everyone is so afraid of her that the other cards paint the roses red. (They planted a white rosebush by mistake… oops.)

The White Queen appears in Through the Looking Glass, also by Lewis Carroll. She lives backward, knowing things are going to happen before they actually do. I wouldn’t want to know my future, every move I made before I make it, but it seems to work for the White Queen. More importantly, she’s given me one of my all time favorite quotes:

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

-From Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll

I’ve always thought those were words to live by, finding impossible things to believe every day. If they happen before breakfast, even better! After all, what’s imagination for if you don’t believe in the impossible?

 

A is for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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I love all things Alice, and probably own half a dozen copies of this book.

I identify with Alice, maybe because she’s lost in a strange world  where nothing makes sense, as I’ve so often felt in the real world.

I get by, but sometimes I feel like I’m playacting, not understanding why everyone is painting the white roses red.

I know exactly how it must have felt when Alice fell down the rabbit hole.

Through this book, Lewis Carroll introduced me to the idea that it’s okay to play with language.  I knew that reading was fun, but most books follow a set of rules.  English teachers expound on those rules, and in school writing, I dared not break them.

But here was a published author whose book contains nonsense words!

Excerpt from Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll:

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

It opened up a whole world of language.  Suddenly, language was more than it had been before.

In school, I continued to write the way I’d been told.  But on my own time, I experimented and played with language.  Because now I knew I could.

Alice may have been lost when she first got to Wonderland, but she figured it all out eventually.  And what she didn’t figure out, she still managed to deal with.  Eventually, she got home, but the world was never the same.  Because once she knew about Wonderland, she could never un-know it.