First Thought? Of Course I Ought! (Ch.2)

Summary: What quirky images/ thoughts pop up in my head as I dive into each chapter of The Annotated Alice? Let’s dive into the “the pool of tears”. (Chapter 2)

(Note:  If you’re interested in these ideas, feel free to check out the earlier post I’ve already written about Chapter 1, too, if you want.)


My first thoughts?

My Disney senses are tingling!

My prediction of this chapter: Alice will grow into a giant (for the 1st time) and will try creating a “pool of tears” in which she drinks the rest of the “DRINK ME” bottle and becomes tiny (for the 2nd time) which leads to her adventure in the garden behind the door.

As I reiterated in my “First thought? Of course I ought!” (ch. 1 continuation) Alice’s memory is slowly deteriorating. Alice mentions she forgot how to speak good English (which should be one of the top things one doesn’t forget). This clearly shows how when someone is removed from reality or the “real world”, one can lose sense of ideas and lessons ingrained from birth.

Carroll does not specifically say the exact length of time when Alice falls down the Rabbit-hole to her discovery of the “EAT ME” cakes. In theory, one could say Alice has been in the Rabbit-hole for days or perhaps even months. In contrast, one could say she has only been there for an hour. This could be factual, of course, if Alice is not dreaming, hallucinating, etc.

Who knows?

Adult wisdom vs. child innocence is a reoccurring theme thus far. From Alice’s thoughts about how people would portray her at home to feeling ashamed of herself whenever she is emotional conveys Alice’s struggle to conquer adolescence and discover the adult Alice within. During this struggle, many childhood elements still act as an aid to her which probably allows her to keep her sanity(how little of it she has left). The White Rabbit, for example, is a small, soft and gentle animal that scurries around eating out of Mr. McGregor’s garden. (This is true unless one is talking about the killer rabbit, for which one can only kill it with the Holy Hand Grenade!) *wink*

I believe throughout Alice’s journey through Wonderland, she will find a balance between innocence and maturity, which in the end will be the most beneficial factor of her whole experience.

Stay tuned for “First thought? Of course I ought!” (Ch.3)

The first image can be found here. The second image here.


1 Comment

  1. Digging your Monty Python reference, BTW:

    “(This is true unless one is talking about the killer rabbit, for which one can only kill it with the Holy Hand Grenade!) *wink*”

    For those who do not know what she’s hinting at: or

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