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Wednesday, 10 November 2010

"Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!"

Alice's adventures in Wonderland

In Lewis Carroll's book Alice's Advetures in Wonderland, there are several passages that underline speed aspects:

"...Alice think it so very much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, ‘Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!’  [...] but when the Rabbit actually took a watch out of its waistcoat-pocket, and looked at it, and then hurried on..."

(Chapter 1: down the rabbit-hole)

Also when dancing the "Caucus race" on the beach, the rhythm increases and it becomes faster:

"First it marked out a race-course, in a sort of circle, and then all the party were placed along the course, here and there. There was no ‘One, two, three, and away,’ but they began running when they liked, and left off when they liked, so that it was not easy to know when the race was over. However, when they had been running half an hour or so, and were quite dry again, the Dodo suddenly called out ‘The race is over!’ and they all crowded round it, panting, and asking, ‘But who has won?’"

(Chapter 3: a Caucus-race and a long tale)

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