Monday, September 25, 2006

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Schatov and Emma are now accustomed to their new more secure home. Our photographs today show them in a rare quiet mood. You will remember that Schatov came to us from his family in Caracas and Emma came from ARFA. It only took a few days, together, before they became great friends and completely devoted to each other. We have built a new home for them, within the high voltage fence and adjoining our house. Their new house is a careful copy of their original home. The only difference is that now there is an access to our house. They enjoy the excursions into our home sometimes in the evening. When they visit, it’s a case of hold on to your dinner plate. Schatov is very outgoing on these trips; he wants to play with everyone. Emma is rather more withdrawn and choosy about her friendships. Mañiña is also in house on these occasions and looks over somewhat nervously at Emma, there is no love lost there. But MonaLisa and Rosita and Imanol are here and they are his special friends. Quite a Mad Hatter’s tea party.

From The Mad hatter's tea party, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

There 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 talking over its head. `Very uncomfortable for the Dormouse,' thought Alice; `only, as it's asleep, I suppose it doesn't mind.'
The table was a large one, but the three were all crowded together at one corner of it: `No room! No room!' they cried out when they saw Alice coming. `There's plenty of room!' said Alice indignantly, and she sat down in a large arm-chair at one end of the table.
Mad Tea Party
`Have some wine,' the March Hare said in an encouraging tone.
Alice looked all round the table, but there was nothing on it but tea. `I don't see any wine,' she remarked.
`There isn't any,' said the March Hare.
`Then it wasn't very civil of you to offer it,' said Alice angrily.
`It wasn't very civil of you to sit down without being invited,' said the March Hare.
`I didn't know it was your table,' said Alice; `it's laid for a great many more than three.'
`Your hair wants cutting,' said the Hatter. He had been looking at Alice for some time with great curiosity, and this was his first speech.
`You should learn not to make personal remarks,' Alice said with some severity; `it's very rude.'
The Hatter opened his eyes very wide on hearing this; but all he said was, `Why is a raven like a writing-desk?'
`Come, we shall have some fun now!' thought Alice. `I'm glad they've begun asking riddles.--I believe I can guess that,' she added aloud.
`Do you mean that you think you can find out the answer to it?' said the March Hare.
`Exactly so,' said Alice.
`Then you should say what you mean,' the March Hare went on.
`I do,' Alice hastily replied; `at least--at least I mean what I say--that's the same thing, you know.'
`Not the same thing a bit!' said the Hatter. `You might just as well say that "I see what I eat" is the same thing as "I eat what I see"!'

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