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Alice again enters a fantastical world, this time by climbing through a mirror into the world that she can see beyond it. There she finds that, just like a reflection, everything is reversed, including logic running helps you remain stationary, walking away from something brings you towards it, chessmen are alive, nursery rhyme characters exist, etc.

Through the Looking-Glass includes such verses as " Jabberwocky " and " The Walrus and the Carpenter ", and the episode involving Tweedledum and Tweedledee. The mirror which inspired Carroll remains displayed in Charlton Kings. Chapter One — Looking-Glass House : Alice is playing with a white kitten whom she calls "Snowdrop" and a black kitten whom she calls "Kitty" when she ponders what the world is like on the other side of a mirror's reflection.

Climbing up onto the fireplace mantel , she pokes at the wall-hung mirror behind the fireplace and discovers, to her surprise, that she is able to step through it to an alternative world. In this reflected version of her own house, she finds a book with looking-glass poetry, " Jabberwocky ", whose reversed printing she can read only by holding it up to the mirror.

She also observes that the chess pieces have come to life, though they remain small enough for her to pick up. Chapter Two — The Garden of Live Flowers : Upon leaving the house where it had been a cold, snowy night , she enters a sunny spring garden where the flowers can speak; they perceive Alice as being a "flower that can move about". Elsewhere in the garden, Alice meets the Red Queen , who is now human-sized, and who impresses Alice with her ability to run at breathtaking speeds.

Alice is placed in the second rank as one of the White Queen's pawns , and begins her journey across the chessboard by boarding a train that jumps over the third row and directly into the fourth rank, thus acting on the rule that pawns can advance two spaces on their first move. She arrives in a forest where a depressed gnat teaches her about the looking glass insects, strange creatures part bug part object e. Alice continues her journey and along the way, crosses the "wood where things have no names". There she forgets all nouns, including her own name.

With the help of a fawn who has also forgotten his identity, she makes it to the other side, where they both remember everything. Realizing that he is a fawn, she is a human, and that fawns are afraid of humans, it runs off to Alice's frustration.

Chapter Four — Tweedledum and Tweedledee : She then meets the fat twin brothers Tweedledum and Tweedledee , whom she knows from the nursery rhyme. After reciting the long poem " The Walrus and the Carpenter ", they draw Alice's attention to the Red King —loudly snoring away under a nearby tree—and maliciously provoke her with idle philosophical banter that she exists only as an imaginary figure in the Red King's dreams. Finally, the brothers begin suiting up for battle, only to be frightened away by an enormous crow, as the nursery rhyme about them predicts.

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Chapter Five — Wool and Water : Alice next meets the White Queen , who is very absent-minded but boasts of and demonstrates her ability to remember future events before they have happened. Alice and the White Queen advance into the chessboard's fifth rank by crossing over a brook together, but at the very moment of the crossing, the Queen transforms into a talking Sheep in a small shop. Alice soon finds herself struggling to handle the oars of a small rowboat, where the Sheep annoys her with seemingly nonsensical shouting about " crabs " and " feathers ".

Chapter Six — Humpty Dumpty : After crossing yet another brook into the sixth rank, Alice immediately encounters Humpty Dumpty , who, besides celebrating his unbirthday , provides his own translation of the strange terms in "Jabberwocky".

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In the process, he introduces Alice to the concept of portmanteau words, before his inevitable fall. Chapter Seven — The Lion and the Unicorn : "All the king's horses and all the king's men" come to Humpty Dumpty's assistance, and are accompanied by the White King , along with the Lion and the Unicorn , who again proceed to act out a nursery rhyme by fighting with each other.

In this chapter, the March Hare and Hatter of the first book make a brief re-appearance in the guise of " Anglo-Saxon messengers" called "Haigha" and "Hatta". Chapter Eight — "It's my own Invention" : Upon leaving the Lion and Unicorn to their fight, Alice reaches the seventh rank by crossing another brook into the forested territory of the Red Knight, who is intent on capturing the "white pawn"—Alice—until the White Knight comes to her rescue. Escorting her through the forest towards the final brook-crossing, the Knight recites a long poem of his own composition called Haddocks' Eyes , and repeatedly falls off his horse.

Chapter Nine — Queen Alice : Bidding farewell to the White Knight, Alice steps across the last brook, and is automatically crowned a queen, with the crown materialising abruptly on her head. She soon finds herself in the company of both the White and Red Queens, who relentlessly confound Alice by using word play to thwart her attempts at logical discussion.

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They then invite one another to a party that will be hosted by the newly crowned Alice—of which Alice herself had no prior knowledge. Chapter Ten — Shaking : Alice arrives and seats herself at her own party, which quickly turns into chaos. Alice finally grabs the Red Queen, believing her to be responsible for all the day's nonsense, and begins shaking her.

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Chapter Eleven — Waking : Alice awakes in her armchair to find herself holding the black kitten, who she deduces to have been the Red Queen all along, with the white kitten having been the White Queen. Chapter Twelve — Which dreamed it?

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The book ends with the line "Life, what is it but a dream? The themes and settings of Through the Looking-Glass make it a kind of mirror image of Wonderland : the first book begins outdoors, in the warm month of May 4 May , [a] uses frequent changes in size as a plot device , and draws on the imagery of playing cards; the second opens indoors on a snowy, wintry night exactly six months later, on 4 November the day before Guy Fawkes Night , [b] uses frequent changes in time and spatial directions as a plot device, and draws on the imagery of chess.

In it, there are many mirror themes, including opposites, time running backwards, and so on. The White Queen offers to hire Alice as her lady's maid and to pay her "Twopence a week, and jam every other day. The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday—but never jam to-day. Jam is therefore never available today. Whereas the first book has the deck of playing cards as a theme, Through the Looking-Glass is based on a game of chess, played on a giant chessboard with fields for squares.

Most of the main characters are represented by a chess piece, with Alice being a pawn. The looking-glass world is divided into sections by brooks or streams, with the crossing of each brook usually signifying a change in the scene, and corresponding to Alice advancing by one square. The sequence of moves white and red is not always followed.

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Lewis Carroll decided to suppress a scene involving what was described as "a wasp in a wig" possibly a play on the commonplace expression "bee in the bonnet". It has been suggested in a biography by Carroll's nephew, Stuart Dodgson Collingwood, that one of the reasons for this suppression was a suggestion from his illustrator, John Tenniel, [5] who wrote in a letter to Carroll dated 1 June I am bound to say that the 'wasp' chapter doesn't interest me in the least, and I can't see my way to a picture. If you want to shorten the book, I can't help thinking — with all submission — that there is your opportunity.

For many years no one had any idea what this missing section was or whether it had survived. In , a document purporting to be the galley proofs of the missing section was sold at Sotheby's ; the catalogue description read, in part, that "The proofs were bought at the sale of the author's Oxford, The bid was won by John Fleming, a Manhattan book dealer. The rediscovered section describes Alice's encounter with a wasp wearing a yellow wig, and includes a full previously unpublished poem.

If included in the book, it would have followed, or been included at the end of, Chapter 8 — the chapter featuring the encounter with the White Knight. The discovery is generally accepted as genuine, but the proofs have yet to receive any physical examination to establish age and authenticity. The book has been adapted several times, in combination with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and as a stand-alone film or television special.

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The adaptations include live , TV musicals , live action and animated versions and radio adaptations. A reading group guide is available at www. Intense, recurring visions of God are a source of spiritual fulfillment for Sister John, but they come with a price, arriving with electrifying headaches that force her to seek medical attention. When her doctor hints that illness may be the cause of her gift, Sister John must make a choice: cure the headaches and perhaps lose her special connection to the spiritual world, or carry on with the visions, knowing they may not be real.

A brief novel that tackles weighty themes, Salzman's latest is small and exquisite, a convincing portrayal of a society rarely seen. Emma Sweringen, known as the Sheep Queen of Idaho, is at the center of this taut, expertly crafted novel. As matriarch of the Sweringens a sheep-ranching clan she contends with the politics of family life: a worshipful son, a disappointing daughter and a granddaughter, long ago given up for adoption, who spends years making her way back to the family.

When she finally finds the Sweringens, she changes their lives forever. Savage, a woefully overlooked writer who made the West his narrative territory, is the author of 10 novels and a Guggenheim Fellow. A reading group guide is included in the book.

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