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The Cat on the Web…

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As you might guess from the name of this company, two of my favorite books by Lewis Carroll (neither is copyrighted in the United States) are “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (available on the Project Gutenberg site in English, German and Esperanto, and keyed in by Michael Hart in 1991), and “Through the Looking-Glass” (available in English).

An English HTML version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with the original Tenniel illustrations can be found here. We first meet the Cheshire Cat in Chapter VI, “Pig and Pepper”, in which the Cat has some advice for Alice about navigating Wonderland (and shares the opinion that “we’re all mad here”), and we meet him again later in Chapter VIII, the “Queen’s Croquet Ground”, in which the King, Queen, and Executioner argue in vain about beheading him.

The Cat is a tenacious character who “vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone.”

-Bill at Cheshire Cat Photo

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