Where in the World Did That Come From?November 17, 2009
Was anyone else wondering where in the world the shore came from?
In Chapter 2 Alice is swimming in a pool of her own tears and after a discussion with the Mouse “Alice led the way, and the whole party swam to the shore (The Annotated Alice, page 27).”
Now, previously Alice had fallen into a room with, I thought, only one other exit. Somehow, there is now another exit, and not only an exit, but a shore! Shores tend to be rather large things, so how could Alice have missed it?
As I reread Chapter 1, I realize that there are actually many exits in the form of locked doors. Still, the doors are locked. How could Alice get through one if it is locked?
The way she is described as exploring the hallway, “Alice had been all the way down one side and up the other” makes the hallway seem finite, yet the White Rabbit is said to have “scurried away into the darkness as hard as he could go (The Annotated Alice, page 22)“ This causes the hallway to seem much larger than it originally did, for the Rabbit went “as hard as he could go” and off into the darkness too.
The only explanation I can find to where did the shore come from? is that the Rabbit could have unlocked a door, which Alice and the animals swam through. This is the most logical explanation I could discover, but then, it is not exactly a logical story.
Does anyone else have an explanation?