Alice: A Retrospective

We’ve been working through the Alice books several weeks now and finished them this morning.  Lewis Carroll was a don at Christ Church College, and Alice Liddell was the daughter of the dean of the college.  On July 4, 1860, Carroll and the three Liddell girls were boating on the River Isis (the Thames, though Oxford), and Alice asked him to tell them a story.  Thus Alice’s adventures were born.

Since Carroll and the Liddells lived in Oxford there are lots of links to places here in the stories.

In the Christ Church College Dining Hall, there is a stained glass window that features Carroll and Alice.  In the left hand window is Alice Liddell, and below her, Alice from the book.  On the right is Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) and below him the Dodo.

The Dodo lives in the Oxford Natural History museum (and did when Alice lived here) and symbolizes Dodgson.  He stuttered, so when he said him name, it often came out as Do-do…

So to celebrate being finished we took a trip to Alice’s Shop — what the Sheep Shop in the book is based on and a favorite shop of Alice Liddell — for the girls to pick out a treat.

We ended the day by watching Disney’s animated version of the movie.  We’ve really enjoyed learning more about Alice.

Tomorrow we start The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.

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