Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Fictional Country

In the story, Wonderland is gotten to by subsurface entry, and Alice wins it by going down a rabbit gap, potentially on the banks of the Thames between Folly Bridge and Godstow. While the area is evidently some place underneath Oxfordshire, Carroll does not define how far down it is, and he has Alice theorize whether it is close to the focal point of the earth or even at the Antipodes. The area is intensely lush and develops mushrooms. There are well-kept enclosures and significant houses, for example, those of the Duchess and the White Rabbit.

The area is ostensibly governed by the Queen of Hearts, whose offbeat pronouncements of the death penalty are routinely invalidated by the King of Hearts. There is no less than one Duchess.