The Late RabbitNovember 10, 2009
When Alice first sees the White Rabbit in Chapter 1, he says, “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!” Then later in Chapter 4, the rabbit says, “The Duchess! The Duchess! Oh my dear paws! Oh my fur and whiskers! She’ll get me executed as sure as ferrets are ferrets!”
During Mr. Long’s quiz, he mentioned that if the Rabbit were late then he would be dead. As I thought about this statement, I realized, “It is a pun!” If the Rabbit is late then he shall become the “late” White Rabbit, as in the deceased White Rabbit. I am not sure if this is one of Lewis Carroll’s many word plays, but I thought it was worth sharing.