Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Down the Rabbit Hole…The book was published in 1865.

Alice was getting tired when a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her. The rabbit took out a watch out of its waistcoast and looked at it. Alice entered the rabbit hole. Alice fell into a deep well. She thought she was near the centre of the Earth. She kept thinking to herself. Dinah was her cat and Alice thought that it would miss her. She found herself in a hall and she lost sight of the rabbit. In desperation, she tried opening all the doors to find an escape route. She found a key which opened a huge door. There, she found a lovely garden. However, she could not squeeze through the doorway. There was a bottle labelled ‘Drink me’. Now, she drank the entire bottle of it. She shrank into only ten inches tall. Now, she could enter the lovely garden. However, when she wanted to open the door, she could not reach for the key as she was now too small. Next, she ate into a cake labelled ‘eat me’.

After eating, she was more than nine feet high. Now, she could reach for the key but could not enter the hole as she was too large. Her inner self told her to stop wallowing in self pity. The white rabbit came along now. He was holding white kid gloves and a fan meant for the Duchess. Alice took the fan and gloves. Alice felt strange at that time. Now, she was tired and started feeling lonely. After donning the glove, she started shrinking to 2 feet. She fell into her own pool of tears. She was now swimming in her pool of tears. Once again, she could reach for the key on the table. A mouse accompanied her now. She tried speaking to it but it didn’t respond. The Mouse hated cats and didn’t want Alice to mention about them anymore. Both were now swimming. After she mentioned about dogs, the mouse started swimming away too. Now, other animals like a duck, lorry, dodo, eaglet ended up in the pool. Now, they all swam to shore.

The animals were thinking of how to dry themselves. The mouse started talking about some royal family. Dodo suggested a Caucus-race. He suggested a game where all would run in circles till they were dry. At the end of 30 minutes, everybody would win and get prizes. The animals expected Alice to give the prizes. Alice probed and wanted to find out why Mouse hated cats and dogs. The mouse got itself in a knot and Alice offered to undo it. However, the mouse turned angry. After Alice mentioned about Dinah, the animals were frightened and left. Now, Alice cried again.

The Rabbit returned for the gloves and the fan. She ran and came upon his house. She entered the house and ran through his messages. She spotted a bottle labelled ‘drink me’ and drank it again. She expanded in size again until she couldn’t exit the room. Alice missed her home. There was no more room to grow now. Alice engaged in a lot of self-talk. The Rabbit called her Mary Ann and wanted the gloves. Bill was a lizard who appeared out of the house’s chimney. The Rabbit started flinging pebbles at her. The pebbles soon transformed into cakes and Alice ate them. Not long after, she began shrinking. Alice immediately ran out of the house in a fluster. She used a stick to tempt a puppy towards her. Now, Alice wanted to grow big again so she could enter the lovely garden she attempted to enter previously. Now, Alice met a caterpillar sitting on a mushroom.

The caterpillar was smoking a hookah. The caterpillar was firm and demanding. It demanded to know who she was. Alice refused to answer him. The caterpillar had something important to say. It was a story about a youth and an old man. The old man could do many amazing things. He attributed it to his supple limbs, the use of ointment, his muscular strength. The caterpillar kept giving short remarks which contradicted what she said. Alice wanted advice. It later disappeared. She started chewing on the mushroom to adjust her size. Her neck was now as long as a serpent. A pigeon was now attacking her but left after realizing she was not a serpent. She nibbled on the mushroom until she was of normal height now.

One side of the mushroom will make you grow taller, and the other side will make you grow shorter. – Caterpillar

Alice spotted two footman at the door. They had heads like frogs. One handed the other a letter which said ‘For the Duchess. An invitation from the Queen to play croquet’. She couldn’t get into the house because the footmen wouldn’t let her. Now, she entered the house. The Duchess was sitting on a three legged stool and was nursing a baby. There were also a cat and a cook in the room. The Duchess began singing a lullaby. Now, the Duchess went off to play the croquet with the queen. The cook kept throwing pans at them. The baby looked like a starfish. Its nose was like a snout. The baby actually looked a little like a pig. She carried the baby for a while before setting it down. The cat grinned and started talking to Alice. The cat directed her to the direction of the Hatter and the March Hare, both mad people. Alice had to choose. The cat thought that every creature in the rabbit hole was mad. The cat was going to play croquet with the Queen. Alice finally reached the March Hare. It was a large house.

Now, the March Hare and the Hatter were having tea and were both resting on a Dormouse. Alice simply joined them at their table. Most of the animals were quite hostile and didn’t like Alice. They were talking about butter now. The Hatter’s watch told the day of the month and not the time. It was hard to comprehend what the animals were saying. The dormouse started singing random songs like ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat’. For Hatter, he could make time stand still and didn’t need time to move. It was always tea time for him. The dormouse started telling a story and Alice was bored. She started having more tea. Alice kept interrupting the dormouse. Alice was so bored that she left the house. There was a door leading into a tree. Finally, she was led to the beautiful garden.

Alice entered the rose-garden. There were 3 gardeners in it who were painting roses. Now, a royal procession walked by. There was THE KING AND QUEEN OF HEARTS. The gardeners lied down on their faces in respect. The queen asked who she was. The queen wanted to execute Alice. But the king protected her. The Queen now questioned the gardeners on why they were here. The Queen ordered her men to execute the three gardeners. The White Rabbit was at the procession too. The procession was in progress now. The Duchess was under trial and was soon to be executed too. Alice entered a croquet ground. The mallets were flamingoes and hedgehogs were balls. Alice had difficulty controlling her flamingo. It was a very difficult game indeed. Just as she was contemplating escape, the cat appeared and started to chat with her. There were no rules and the game was confusing. The King wanted the cat removed. The King went to fetch the executioner. The Queen sentenced 3 of the players to death for missing their turns. The executioner didn’t want to execute the cat as he didn’t want to cut off a head unless there was a body to cut it off from. The Queen went to fetch the Duchess, who was in prison. The cat managed to slip away, in the meantime. Soon after, the rest of the procession continued with the game.

The Duchess was pleased to see Alice again. It was pepper that made her hot tempered. The Duchess was an ugly person. Every sentence the Duchess said contained a moral. The Duchess wanted to make her a present. Alice liked to think on her own. The Queen stood in front of them now. The Duchess left in a hurry. Anyone who caused delay to the game would be executed. Everyone was sentenced to execution except the King, Queen and Alice. Alice was brought to see the Mock Turtle. The Queen ordered her Gryphon to take Alice to see the Mock Turtle. The mock turtle looked sad and it was crying. The turtle told a story where he attended school previously.

Be what you would seem to be. Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise. – Duchess

It was a kind of dance. The two creatures started dancing and singing around Alice. The whitings had tails in their mouths. The whitings did the boots and shoes too. Now, the two creatures wanted to hear about Alice’s adventures. Alice sang a song to them. However, she wouldn’t explain its meaning. The turtle sang a song about how delicious turtle soup was. Soo-oop of the e-e-evening, Beautiful, beautiful Soup!

The trial was starting. In the middle of the court was a tray of tarts. The King was the judge. There were 12 jurors too. The jurors did not know how to spell well. They took down whatever was said. White Rabbit unrolled the parchments. The first witness was the Hatter. The Hatter was very nervous at that time. Now, Alice realized she was growing larger. The Hatter was a very poor speaker and the King was getting frustrated. Any form of applause was suppressed by the officers. The Hatter was let off and the next witness was called. It was the Duchess’s cook. The cook disappeared soon after. Now, Alice was called to the stand.

She was very large now. The King proclaimed that there was a rule in the book that tall people should leave. Alice thought that he was making it up and refused to leave. The White Rabbit brought attention to a letter written by a prisoner to somebody. It was a set of verses. The King started accusing the Knave. The White Rabbit read the letter. Alice didn’t understand it. The Queen ordered Alice to be executed. Suddenly she found herself lying on the bank with her head in her sister’s life. Alice was dreaming. Now, her sister began to start dreaming too. Suddenly she found herself lying on the bank with her head in her sister’s lap.

Lastly she pictured herself to be a grown woman and how she would keep the simple and loving heart of her childhood: and how she would gather about her other little children, and make their eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago: and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child-life, and the happy summer days. – Lewis Carroll



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