Sunday, 23 March 2014

The Conger-eel, who taught Drawling, Stretching, and Fainting in Coils

The Conger-eel, who taught Drawling, Stretching, and Fainting in Coils, an illustration by JVL in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Artists' Choice Editions, 2009.

The text:

Alice did not feel encouraged to ask any more questions about it, so
she turned to the Mock Turtle, and said 'What else had you to

'Well, there was Mystery,' the Mock Turtle replied, counting off the
subjects on his flappers, ' -- Mystery, ancient and modern, with
Seaography: then Drawling -- the Drawling-master was an old
conger-eel, that used to come once a week: HE taught us Drawling,
Stretching, and Fainting in Coils.'

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