Through the Looking-Glass

and what Alice found there

Child of the pure unclouded brow
   And dreaming eyes of wonder!
Though time be fleet, and I and thou
   Are half a life asunder,
Thy loving smile will surely hail
The love-gift of a fairy-tale.

I have not seen thy sunny face,
   Nor heard thy silver laughter:
No thought of me shall find a place
   In thy young life's hereafter--
Enough that now thou wilt not fail
To listen to my fairy-tale.

A tale begun in other days,
   When summer suns were glowing--
A simple chime, that served to time
   The rhythm of our rowing--
Whose echoes live in memory yet,
Though envious years would say `forget'.

Come, hearken then, ere voice of dread,
   With bitter tidings laden,
Shall summon to unwelcome bed
   A melancholy maiden!
We are but older children, dear,
Who fret to find our bedtime near.

Without, the frost, the blinding snow,
   The storm-wind's moody madness--
Within, the firelight's ruddy glow,
   And childhood's nest of gladness.
The magic words shall hold thee fast:
Thou shalt not heed the raving blast.

And, though the shadow of a sigh
   May tremble through the story,
For `happy summer days' gone by,
   And vanish'd summer glory--
It shall not touch with breath of bale,
The pleasance of our fairy-tale.

White Pawn (Alice) to play, and win in eleven moves.
1.Alice meets R.Q.1321. R.Q. to K.R's 4th137
2.Alice through Q's 3d (by railway) to Q's 4th1392. W.Q. to Q.B's 4th (after shawl)160
(Tweedledum and Tweedledee)141
3.Alice meets W.Q. (with shawl)1603. W.Q. to Q. B's 5th (becomes sheep)164
4.Alice to Q's 5th (shop, river, shop)1644. W.Q. to K. B's 8th (leaves egg on shelf)168
5.Alice to Q's 6th (Humpty Dumpty)1685. W.Q. to Q.B's 8th (flying from R. Kt.)185
6.Alice to Q's 7th (forest)1806. R. Kt. to K's 2nd (ch.)189
7.W. Kt. takes R. Kt.1917. W. Kt. to K. B's 5th200
8.Alice to Q's 8th (coronation)2018. R. Q. to K's sq. (examination)202
9.Alice becomes Queen2019. Queens castle207
10.Alice castles (feast)21010. W.Q. to Q. R's 6th (soup)213
11.Alice takes R. Q. & wins215

(as arranged before commencement of game)

                           WHITE                                                   RED

TweedledeeDaisyDaisyHumpty Dumpty
W. QueenLilyTiger-lilyR. Queen
W. KingFawnRoseR. King
Aged manOysterOysterCrow
W. KnightHattaFrogR. Knight


As the chess-problem, given on the previous page, has puzzled some of my readers, it may be well to explain that it is correctly worked out, so far as the moves are concerned. The alternation of Red and White is perhaps not so strictly observed as it might be, and the castling of the three Queens is merely a way of saying that they entered the palace; but the check of the White King at move 6, the capture of the Red Knight at move 7, and the final checkmate of the Red King, will be found, by any one who will take the trouble to set the pieces and play the moves as directed, to be strictly in accordance with the laws of the game.

The new words, in the poem Jabberwocky (see p. 126), have given rise to some difference of opinion as to their pronunciation: so it may be well to give instructions on that point also. Pronounce slithy as if it were the two words sly, the: make the g hard in gyre and gimble: and pronounce rath to rhyme with bath.



ONE thing was certain, that the white kitten had had nothing to do with it--it was the black kitten's fault

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