Where the Name Comes From

At this moment the King, who had been for some time busily writing in his notebook, called out “Silence!” and read out from his book, “Rule Forty-two. All persons more than a mile high to leave the court.”

Everybody looked at Alice.

I’m not a mile high,” said Alice.

“You are,” said the King.

“Nearly two miles high,” added the Queen.

“Well, I sha’n’t go, at any rate,” said Alice: “besides, that’s not a regular rule: you invented it just now.”

“It’s the oldest rule in the book,” said the King.

“Then it ought to be Number One,” said Alice.

–Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

posted 17 April 2008 in Self-reflexive and tagged . 1 comment

One Comment Thus Far on Where the Name Comes From

  1. Chris M. Says:

    And here all this time I thought it was a Douglas Adams allusion.

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