By Robert Philips, Ed.
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When, puzzled by the novelty of Wonderland, she asks herself if she could have changed into some other child, she is quite certain what sort of child she does not want to be : "I'm sure I can't be Mabel, for I know all sorts of things, and she, oh, she knows such a very little . . I must be Mabel after all, and I shall have to go and live in that poky little house, and have next to no toys to play with . . " Among grownups, she knows the difference between servants and mistresses : "He took me for his house-maid," she said to herself as she ran.
By the time he was eleven he had made himself the family entertainer. He constructed a train, built out of a wheelbarrow, a barrel, and a small truck, which conveyed passengers from one station in the rectory garden to another, and in the rules he drew up for this game, the Lewis Carroll imagination is already evident : All passengers when upset are requested to lie still until picked up -as it is requisite that at least three trains should go over them, to entitle them to the attention of the doctor and assistants.
What Alice finds so extraordinary about the people and events in these worlds is the anarchy which she is forever trying to make sense and order out of. In both books, games play an important role. The whole structure of Through the Looking-Glass is based on chess, and the Q ueen of Hearts' favorite pastime is croquet-both of them games which Alice knows how to play. To play a game, it is essential that the players know and obey its rules, and are skillful enough to do the right or reasonable thing at least half the time.
Aspects of Alice by Robert Philips, Ed.