Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published on this day, November 11, in 1865, making today the novel’s 150th anniversary!
“”and what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?”
“”Dinah’ll miss me very much tonight, I should think!” (Dinah was the cat.) “I hope they’ll remember her saucer of milk at tea-time.””
Early 18th c. painting, India, possibly Mughal empire
“…Alice ventured to taste it, and, finding it very nice (it had, in fact, a sort of mixed flavour of cherry-tart, custard, pine-apple, roast turkey, toffy, and hot buttered toast), she very soon finished it off.”
“A large rose-tree stood near the entrance of the garden: the roses growing on it were white, but there were three gardeners at it, busily painting them red.”
“The Queen had only one way of settling all difficulties, great or small. “Off with his head!” she said without even looking round.”
“Lastly, she pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, in the after-time, be herself a grown woman;…and how she would gather about her other little children, and make their eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago;”