Part VIII Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

What Alice found in the beautiful garden first were three gardeners. They were oblong and flat with the hands and feet at the corners and were numbered two, five and seven. They were painting a white rose tree red because they had mistakenly planted the wrong color and they feared the Queen of the garden might cut off their heads if she found out. Alice soon found out that they feared her for good reason. (Interesting that this Queen of Hearts was so heartless.) Almost anything and anyone could prompt her to scream, ‘Off with their heads!’ Why, even the Duchess was in jail awaiting execution for boxing the Queen’s ears. It’s a wonder there were any heads left at all. But Alice saw that they were only a pack of cards and felt she had nothing to be afraid of. The beauty of the garden, however, did seem overshadowed by the Queen’s anger and her subjects’ fear.

It was in this garden that the Queen had organized a game of croquet. When Alice defiantly stood up to the Queen’s command to chop off her head with a loud ‘Nonsense!’ the King suggested to the livid Queen that Alice was only a child.
The Queen soon changed her tone and asked Alice if she played croquet to which Alice responded, ‘Yes!’ This turned out to be an unusually curious, difficult and confusing game to play. The balls were live hedgehogs, the mallets were flamingos and the arches were the soldiers, doubled up. And nothing stayed still long enough to make a real game of it.
As the Queen’s wild and angry ranting continued during this game, Alice looked for a way of escape and was relieved to have the Cheshire cat show up (even if it was just its head) so she would have someone to talk to. When the cat chose not to kiss the King of Hearts hand it was…you guessed it, “Off with its head!” This edict caused a different stir and a dispute ensued about whether you could chop a head off of something that didn’t have a body. While they go to fetch the Cat’s master, the Duchess, the cat fades away. The King and executioner search wildly about for it, the rest go back to the croquet game…and we will have to wait until next time to find out what Alice does. She certainly continues to get herself in nonsensical situations.

Queen Of Hearts

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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 VIII Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

  1. Yes, and it sounds like Alice needs the Holy Spirit to reveal some of these mysteries and wisdom to handle the heartless Queen of Hearts, which could be Alice’s inner man without the Lord.

  2. And, MG, some might call it the lower self. I imagine we all to often listen to the wrong voice. It seems so easy to listen to what is familiar to us, I think.

  3. I think you think correctly. It’s called in some instances a ‘familiar spirit” with which we are so “familiar” or that has been in the family so long we think we are hearing from GOD. And among many Christians, me included sometimes, it’s hit or miss.
    “It doesn’t have to be that way, as Sara said the other day. He says,” My sheep know my voice and another voice they will NOT follow.”

  4. Alice seems to follow the voice of her curiosity which never seems to be satisfied, leading her to seek one adventure after another.
    When I looked up the history of croquet online it said the word was taken from the french meaning ‘conquer’. The only one that seemed to conquer in Alice’s croquet game was the Queen by virtue of her intimidating anger and threats. So if this is a party with her inner self as Sara writes, it’s no wonder than when she had to face the heartless Queen that she would rather talk to the cat or move on to another adventure.

  5. I just read a book called Poppy by Avi for a book discussion group with 4th and 5th graders. In it the owl like the queen was all powerful. He misused his power by causing the mice in the story to be fearful. He spoke untruth about his protecting his subjects when he was about eating them. One mouse steps out of the fear mode and once he does he finds out the truth about their ruler. It was all lies to benefit his self. Is this the way of this Queen? Has she taken her power too far? Thank goodness we have a King of King and Lord of Lord who never misuses his power. He is the Lord of Lord’s and the King of Kings and he came to earth to die for our sins that we may have life eternally. He stands at the gate and calls to all? Believe in ME and enter in!

  6. I think the Queen was a fixation in Alice’s mind because of her wondering and dabbling in things she should not have been doing. We probably all believe their is a queen of heartless nature when we do wrong. Like the saying,” curiosity killed the cat” proverb being inquisitive about other people’s affairs may get you into trouble.

  7. “and nothing stayed long enough to make a game.” I read this most interesting article about ,”We are on the verge – within 10 years – of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity.” Might want to check this article out (link below) and see if we are staying long enough and staying faithful to our faith to cause lasting effects!

    http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0310/p09s01-coop.html

  8. quote from above article by Michael Spencer. I think still speaks to Alice’s dilemma. “We Evangelicals have failed to pass on to our young people an orthodox form of faith that can take root and survive the secular onslaught.”

  9. “I think the Queen was a fixation in Alice’s mind because of her wondering and dabbling in things she should not have been doing. We probably all believe their is a queen of heartless nature when we do wrong.”

    Yesterday, I read the story about the rich man and the beggar. I think this story is a good illustration of what we are talking about here. Read with me: (Luke 16: 19-31) “Jesus said, ‘There was a certain rich man who was splendidly clothed in purple and fine linen and who lived each day in luxury. At his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores. As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from the rich man’s table, the dogs would come and lick his open sores. Finally, the poor man died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and his soul went to the place of the dead. There, in torment, he saw Abraham in the far distance with Lazarus at his side. The rich man shouted, ‘Father Abraham, have some pity! Send Lazarus over here to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am in anguish in these flames.’ But Abraham said to him, ‘Son, remember that during your lifetime you had everything you wanted, and Lazarus had nothing. So now he is here being comforted, and you are in anguish. And besides, there is a great chasm separating us. No one can cross over to you from here, and no one can cross over to us from there.’ Then the rich man said, ‘Please, Father Abraham, at least send him to my father’s home. For I have five brothers, and I want him to warn them so they don’t end up in this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘Moses and the prophets have warned them. Your brothers can read what they wrote.’ The rich man replied, ‘No, Father Abraham! But if someone is sent to them from the dead, then they will repent of their sins and turn to God.’ But Abraham said,’If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t listen even if someone rises from the dead.'”

  10. What Father Abraham spoke to the tomented man is truth….”they won’t listen even if someone rises from the dead” Jesus proved that for when He rose from the dead many still did NOT believe Him and even to this day, many will not believe and repent of their sins…even though HE rose from the dead!!
    But GOD has made a way for whosoever will, for He desires that no one would perish from the earth into perdition but all would be saved and come to the glory of His salvation. He suffered, died and rose from the dead, but only by the prayers of the saints petitioning the Father to send His Holy Spirit to draw them…will they ever come into the Kingdom.

  11. Needles, I don’t really know where Alice is coming from in her thinking. But, I sure do understand where Luke was coming from in this scripture, there is an after life and we will continue to live either in the comfort of God or in the torment of comfortless. If we want to be comforted like Lazarus we better be comforting those that are without food and other necessities of life and spirit before the great divide.

  12. Needles story shows us the reality of just how real and wide this chasm is…and Sara you are so right. None of us knows how many days we have left here to do good and comfort others.
    “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” II Cor 1:3,4

    and…”Do not withhold good from those who deserve it,
    when it is in your power to act.
    Do not say to your neighbor,
    “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow”—
    when you now have it with you. “Proverbs 3:27, 28

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