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Alice is back in her room, stroking her cats—but not for long. Slipping through the looking-glass, she meets another wild collection of fantasy characters including the Red and White Kings and Queens, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and is entertained by the poems ‘Jabberwocky’ and ‘The Walrus and the Carpenter’.
And What Alice
Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There — the
sequel to Alice
in Wonderland — is in some ways more ambitious and more
consciously organized than its predecessor. Unlike most sequels, it is at least
as good as the original work. As the title suggests, the fantasy world involves
reversal or inversion through reflection, and also includes a more-or-less
possible game of chess in which the characters themselves are players. Alice
does not dream her way into the story, but instead gains access through the
power of her imagination, melting through the Looking-Glass into that world
which is always at least partly visible in it. Carroll also introduces into his
second story a character more sympathetic than any in ‘Wonderland’, and perhaps
based on himself — the charming and absurd White Knight, whose inventions
include anklets for horses ‘to guard against the bites of sharks’.
Notes by Perry Keenlyside
Fiona Shaw has won the Olivier Award for Best Actress four
times, as well as a clutch of other awards, for her roles in As You Like It,
Electra, The Good Person of Sechuan, Hedda Gabler and Machinal. Her
interpretation of Richard II was widely acclaimed, as is her work in films such
as My Left Foot, Jane Eyre and Anna Karenina.
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