Sunday, 31 January 2010

"Together we'll depopulate Straide."

Sunday, 31 January 2010
"You are sad." the Knight said in an anxious tone: "let me sing you a song to comfort you."
"Is it very long?" Alice asked, for she had heard a good deal of poetry that day.
"It's long." said the Knight, "but it's very,
very beautiful. Everybody that hears me sing it -either it brings tears to their eyes, or else -"
"Or else what?" said Alice, for the Knight had made a sudden pause.
"Or else it doesn't, you know. The name of the song is called 'Haddocks' Eyes.'"
"Oh, that's the name of the song, is it?" Alice said, trying to feel interested.
"No, you don't understand," the Knight said, looking a little vexed. "That's what the name is called. The name really is 'The Aged, Aged Man.'"
"Then I ought to have said 'That's what the song is called'?" Alice corrected herself.
"No you oughtn't: that's another thing. The song is called 'Ways and Means' but that's only what it's
called, you know!"
"Well, what is the song then?" said Alice, who was by this time completely bewildered.
"I was coming to that," the Knight said. "The song really is 'A-Sitting On a Gate': and the tune's my own invention."

So saying, he stopped his horse and let the reins fall on its neck: then slowly beating time with one hand, and with a faint smile lighting up his gentle, foolish face, he began.
From "Alice Through the Looking Glass" by Lewis Carroll

I was asked yesterday why I bother to write this because it must take a really long time to write it and takes even longer to read it.
This is true.
But the reason I write blogs is actually because I need to constantly talk and say things and have people hear them. I know this. As do you. I also know most of what I say is totally uninteresting but I don't really mind. In truth, the blog is more for my own benefit than yours, dear Reader(s)*

So, with that in mind... I don't actually have time to say anything else.

I blame Twitter for blogging becoming less appealing.

Grace.x (God, I love ducks).

*The 's' is brackets because it really is likely there's just the one!

2 comments. you can do better.:

Sally said...


I actually think of this excerpt from Alice quite a lot. I think it's the bizarre wordplay that caught my imagination as a child. Through the Looking Glass ruled over Wonderland anyway in my humble opinion.

Grace said...

I had typed something here. Curious.

Basically, I agreed. Looking Glass was always my favourite (which the BBC may have played an important role in having made that awesome adaptation).

As a kid, even, I remember thinking it was funny that some people said "the name is called..."

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