Part III Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

If you recall, we ended Alice’s last adventure with the birds and animals and Alice swimming from her pool of tears to shore. What a bedraggled, ‘queer-looking party’ stood on shore. (My! but our lack of self-control can have serious repercussions on so many others besides our self.) Thankfully,Mouse had a plan though on how to dry them out. He had them all sit in a circle and proceeded to tell them a very dry historical account of William the Conqueror. When that failed to dry them, Dodo proposed a Caucus Race. Each participant, starting at different points, ran in a circle for about a half hour until they were all quite dry and then Dodo called the race announcing each one a winner. Alice was appointed to hand out the prizes, comfits retrieved from her own pocket. Then Dodo presented Alice with a prize…her own thimble. (Alice thought this all so absurd. Yet it is interesting how we humans seem to need to be pampered with prizes, no matter how silly, in order to not be offended at being overlooked. Dodo may have been a very wise bird after all.)

Mouse then tells a tale that Alice understood as something about fury but mouse doesn’t feel that Alice is attending to his tale very well and goes off in a bit of offended fury himself. That puts a damper on things for they all wanted to hear him finish his story. Alice’s only solace is to focus on and speak about her own dear pet, Dinah the cat. And in her pet absorption in speaking of Dinah’s excellent bird catching abilities, she alienates her bird companions. They each make an excuse to exit her company quickly and she finds herself alone again. (If we stop to think why we may have no or so few friends perhaps the problem isn’t with others but lies with us and our inordinate habits and unlovely characteristics.)
Lonesome Alice cries again and then hears ‘footsteps pattering in the distance.’ We shall find out next time if Mouse changed his mind and has come back to finish his story.
Alice's Thimble Prize
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About Debi

I live in Leesburg, Virginia where I teach high school students in the Agriculture Department. Additionaly, I am self-employed as a horticultural consultant and landscape designer. "Beefriend the Bees!" and "Neither Here Nor There" are children's books I wrote and illustrated available from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=Deborah Chaves&x=12&y=25. Other interests include singing and playing my guitar (also have a CD for sale on Amazon called "Gardening Therapy"); walking my American Bulldog, Cloud and Olde English Bulldogge, Sky; staying active in my local church, and blogging on the www.thedailylily.com.

13 thoughts on “Part III Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

  1. Did Alice’s thimble become the ‘elegant thimble?” That is, when it was presented to Alice as a gift? No longer just a thimble but elegant?

  2. Yes, Sara. Thank you for bringing to attention this important observation for the story says….”Dodo solemnly presented the thimble, saying `We beg your acceptance of this elegant thimble’.
    According to a definition of elegant, the thimble was a high grade or quality. Dodo must have recognized its value, whereas Alice regarded it initially as ‘only a thimble’. This is a valuable lesson. For others may see our gift more valuable than we see it. And/or the way we present a gift can bring value or devalue it.
    The animals cheered after Dodo’s solemn speech and Alice ‘simply bowed’ after accepting it. Bowing is often an act of humility.

  3. “Every Gift is a precious commodity when it comes from the heart.” Sara
    This is my very own quote on this very site under Quotes….And, thanks to those that have interacted with this quote. Luv it!

    ‘Commodity’ is a useful or valuable thing, such as water or time. Jesus is a gift to us presented as a baby, a death and resurrection. As well as Eternity in our hearts. Eccl. 3:11 NIV say, “He has also set eternity in the hearts of men.” We see eternity as a state to which time has no application; timelessness.

    The gift of “Elegant Thimble” to Alice shows Alice’s heart pocket, that is her attitude.

  4. Although, Alice initially thought her thimble was “absurd”, am I understanding, that she did realize the gift/thimble was a “precious commodity”, when she accepted it and bowed?

    And did she later, “mess up” again, by not “attending” to mouse’s tale? Or was mouse just “feeling” like Alice wasn’t “attending to his tale”?

  5. Many times we are all like Alice, swimming in our own tears and all our loved ones can be swimming in our tears as well. Feeling sorry for ourselves, thinking we deserve better. Feeling alone. Jesus dries our tears and He gave us the most “precious commodity” ever. He gave us eternity through His Blood. What a beautiful gift. Many still believe this is “ABSURD”, but I believe it to be the ultimate gift.

  6. Needles, I did not see in the review Debi gave us in her blog that Alice accepted the gift and bowed. I read that Alice thought this all so absurd. Then if you check the time of Debi’s post and mine it looks like were were writing at the same time. Now I know our dear Alice bowed. I believe in this tale that bowing made the thimble elegant. The thimble was already a part of Alice and she accepted herself as elegant.
    Just my tale of the story.

    Your question of attending to each others tale! We sure need the story teller to get us straight on this. Sounds like in my mind at this point that fury mirrored fury. The tale gets longer and more curvy each post.

  7. Chickenfarmer, I think in the tool box of giftings you might be a fishing rod. “We go around swimming in our own tears.” I hope you cast that fishing rod out and catch some small fish and throw them back in good water so they can grow to maturity.

  8. Oh, thank you for clearing me up, Sara. I reread the comments and I got the “accepted the gift” from Debi’s comment above, not the actual review….”The animals cheered after Dodo’s solemn speech and Alice ‘ simply bowed’ after accepting it.”

  9. Oh yes Needles, in my imaginative fantasy ‘elegance’ was such a part of Alice’s being but she got unfocused and lost her way. Her elegance turned into a mundane thimble. I think the humility of the bow gave her an awareness of her elegance.

    I am having a little difficulty keeping track myself since I have read the story since childhood and have a mind set on it as a child. Then Debi’s ‘book club’ tells it her way which she should. Then our interacting on comments keeps me hopping like the rabbit in the story. I need to find my gloves.

    One of my favorite lines in story…`Oh, you foolish Alice!’ she answered herself. `How can you learn lessons in here? Why, there’s hardly room for YOU, and no room at all for any lesson-books!’

  10. Oh, thanks, Sara. I have always heard the words..”Alice in Wonderland”, but I don’t ever recall actually reading the book, or ever being read to? So, helping me keep my facts straight, will help me enjoy this story, as it unfolds, right here on the dailylily!

  11. Regarding Needles initial question on attending and Sara’s comment above ,”Your question of attending to each others tale! We sure need the story teller to get us straight on this. Sounds like in my mind at this point that fury mirrored fury. The tale gets longer and more curvy each post,” on it.

    I think Sara’s right about fury. And in my limited understanding as storyteller, in mouse’s opinion Alice was not attending perhaps because she didn’t perceive it as he perceived she should. The story sas she had her own idea of the tale….”so that her idea of the tale was something like this:- ‘Fury said to a mouse, That he met in the house, “Let us both go to law: I will prosecute YOU. –Come, I’ll take no denial; We must have a trial: For really this morning I’ve nothing to do.” Said the mouse to the cur, “Such a trial, dear Sir, With no jury or judge, would be wasting our breath.” “I’ll be judge, I’ll be jury,” Said cunning old Fury: “I’ll try the whole cause, and condemn you to death.”‘
    It was at this point in the story that mouse tells her she is not attending; Alice tells him she thought he had got to the fifth bend of the tale; he angrily retorts that he has not; Alice offers to undo the knot but mouse won’t let her and is insulted by her talking such nonsense; Alice says she didn’t mean it and tells mouse he is easily offended; Mouse growls and walks away; Mouse’s anger catches the attention of the old mother crab listening also who says to her daughter crab: ‘`Ah, my dear! Let this be a lesson to you never to lose YOUR temper!’ Then the daughter crab snaps back at the mother with this comment, `You’re enough to try the patience of an oyster!’
    So there seems to be a lesson about communication perception, temper, anger and offense.

  12. I read this recently about Obama’s Mother as told by his sister…”She cried a lot,” says her daughter Maya Soetoro-Ng, “if she saw animals being treated cruelly or children in the news or a sad movie—or if she felt like she wasn’t being understood in a conversation.” And yet she was fearless.”

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