Alice Timeline in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-GlassT here was a table set out under a tree in front of the house, and the March Hare and the Hatter were having tea at it: a Dormouse was sitting between them, fast asleep, and the other two were using it as a cushion, resting their elbows on it, and the talking over its head. No room! Alice looked all round the table, but there was nothing on it but tea. He had been looking at Alice for some time with great curiosity, and this was his first speech. The Hatter was the first to break the silence. Alice had been looking over his shoulder with some curiosity.
Alice in Wonderland: the never-ending adventures
Who is Alice? Once again, Alice will prove to be as hard to pin down as a thought bubble. Usually she is simply taken for granted. Although we might enjoy her feats of literary escapology, repeatedly wriggling out of the covers of her original book, we rarely stop to think about why it is Alice, rather than other fictional characters such as Heidi or Dorothy, who has come to exert such a powerful grip on the public imagination. My own memories of the Alice books go back much further than my earliest memory of reading.
So she was considering in her own mind as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid , whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her. Oh dear! I shall be late! In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again. The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down a very deep well. Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures hung upon pegs.
Alice goes down the rabbit hole. Alice fails to get into the special garden. Alice drinks a mystery drink and shrinks. Alice eats a cake and grows large. Alice cries and makes a pool of tears in the room.
And yet, I kept putting it off. Even now, I feel strangely unable to fully explain just what about these two books are quite so wonderful for me. All I remember were two plain clothbound volumes on the bookshelf in my house, and how the first thing that caught my eye was the illustrations by John Tenniel within the covers. They looked odd and magical and even slightly scary, and so of course I wanted to know more. Photo: Public domain. It is perhaps because I was so young when I first became enamoured of the books that I find it quite difficult to explain just why they are so wonderful.