“The time has come”, the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing wax —
Of cabbages — and Kings —
And why the Sea is boiling hot —
And whether pigs have wings.”
Callou, callay – the further adventures of Alice and those wacky Wonderlanders. This time she slips through a mirror, and meets talking flowers, as well as the Tweedle boys. The land is laid out like a chess board, and the inhabitants can only move around in a way that corresponds to their piece. The Red Queen can move very fast, like the queen on a chess board can move anywhere (sort of. It’s been a while since I played chess).
When talking to the Tweedles, Alice sees the Red King asleep under a tree. It’s possible that she might be in his dream, and will cease to exist when he wakes up. Alice makes her way around the board, finally being crowned a queen herself. At a party, she seizes the Red Queen, putting the Red King in check – and he wakes up. So does Alice, safe at home on the proper side of the mirror.
While this is a continuation, and takes place about a half year after the original Adventures, I don’t enjoy this book quite as much as its predecessor. However, it’s yet another great escape from the ridiculousness of reality.
“Contrariwise,” continued Tweedledee, “if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.”