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I fear it is true that there are no children in America. And the children he understood best were the quiet and imaginative ones. Thus Irene Vanbrugh, who must have been going through a tomboy phase when she met him, says : He had a deep love for children, though I am inclined to think not such a great understanding of them . . His great delight was to teach me his Game of Logic. Dare I say this made the evening rather long, when the band was playing outside on the parade, and the moon shining on the sea?

Anyway, this time Alice did what she had never done asked him to write the story down. At first he said he would it, but she continued to pester him until, eventually, he gave to do so. " before-she think about his promise writing the In fact, the text was finished on February 10, 1863. Tenniel's illustra­ tions were not completed until September, 1864, and Alice in Wonder­ land was published by Macmillan in 1865 ( which is also, incidentally, the year of the first performance of another masterpiece, Wagner's Tristan und Isolde).

He must have followed with amusement the various old-and odd-explanations unearthed by the learned in their vain at­ tempts to explain the phrase. Do Cheshire Cats grin because Cheshire is the only County Palatine? Or were snarling armorial leopards ( of which the Red Cat of Brimstage may be one ) painted on so many inn signs in Cheshire made more like grinning cats by painters who had never seen a leopard? Or was Cheshire cheese made into the shape of a cat before being sent for export to Bristol?

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