Thursday, 14 March 2013

The Leg of Mutton (Through the Looking-glass)

'The Leg of Mutton', an illustration by JVL in Lewis Carroll's 
Through the Looking-glass and what Alice Found There, Artists' Choice Editions, 2011.

The Text:

"You look a little shy; let me introduce you to that leg of mutton," said the Red Queen. "Alice - Mutton; Mutton - Alice." The leg of mutton got up in the dish and made a little bow to Alice; and Alice returned the bow, not knowing whether to be frightened or amused.

 "May I give you a slice?" she said, taking up the knife and fork, and looking from one Queen to the other.

"Certainly not," the Red Queen said, very decidedly: "it isn't etiquette to cut any one you've been introduced to.  Remove the joint".

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