This week's Alice in Wonderland quote is from Tweedledee, the twin brother of Tweedledum.
Alice is wondering in the woods and trying to get to the 8th square before dark. She meets two fat boys who look like identical school boys. They have their names embroidered on their collars: TWEEDLEDUM and TWEEDLEDEE. Only DUM and DEE are showing in front . Alice is in a hurry, since she doesn't want to be in the woods after dark. But the funny little boys don't want to let her go so quickly:
"Contrariwise, if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic."
The boys talk in a funny way saying 'contrariwise' time and again. They say they know what Alice is thinking and this quote is Tweedledee's answer to her thoughts. But instead Alice says she was only thinking what is the best way out of the forest. Tweedledum and Tweedledee don't take any notice and begin repeating an extremely long piece of poetry for Alice.
Here are Tweedledum and Tweedledee in different productions. See how they have evolved through time from 1865 to 2010.
This picture is from the original Lewis Carroll's
"Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There"
by illustrator John Tenniel.
This is how Tweedledum and
Tweedledee looked in
Disney's animated movie Alice in Wonderland 1951.
These chaps here are
Tweedledum and Tweedledee in Tim Burton's
Alice in Wonderland Disney movie 2010
played by Matt Lucas.
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