Hee hee, look what I stirred up! I actually changed to the Carroll avatar as part of retro week... since I can't find my original avatar, I'm _really_ going retro.
I can't add much to the discussion, since, sad to say, it's been WAY too long since I've read his stuff. Looks like I'll have to dig out the books over the weekend...
Have any of you heard of the Carroll walk? It's a path along the Thames River (I think) in Oxford that Carroll and the young girl who originally heard the tales Carroll would turn into the Alice books would walk on a lot, and in fact inspired much of the books. I studied in Oxford one summer, and I got to walk it a few times... it's truly wonderful, because for much of it, you're walking on a narrow strip of land between two bodies of water, and the ground is absolutely lush with plant life. You really do feel like you're in another world when you're walking on it... it sent tingles down my spine.
You read it... you can't un-read it!