|A famous tea party: Alice with the March Hare, the Dormouse, and the Mad Hatter. (Wikipedia)|
In Disney's 1951 version, they drink tea -- lots of tea!
|Alice is also well remembered for finding a tiny bottle labeled|
"DRINK ME" -- and drinking it! (Wikipedia)
From Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: how Alice drank from the little bottle:
It was all very well to say “Drink me,” but the wise little Alice was not going to do that in a hurry. “No, I’ll look first,” she said, “and see whether it’s marked ‘poison’ or not”; for she had read several nice little histories about children who had got burnt, and eaten up by wild beasts and other unpleasant things, all because they would not remember the simple rules their friends had taught them: such as, that a red-hot poker will burn you if you hold it too long; and that if you cut your finger very deeply with a knife, it usually bleeds; and she had never forgotten that, if you drink much from a bottle marked “poison,” it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later.
However, this bottle was not marked “poison,” so Alice ventured to taste it, and finding it very nice, (it had, in fact, a sort of mixed flavour of cherry-tart, custard, pine-apple, roast turkey, toffee, and hot buttered toast,) she very soon finished it off....
“What a curious feeling!” said Alice; “I must be shutting up like a telescope.”
And so it was indeed: she was now only ten inches high, and her face brightened up at the thought that she was now the right size for going through the little door into that lovely garden. (source)
Grace Slick's song White Rabbit had quite a different view of Alice's adventures, but that's for another day. (Originally I said Janis Joplin, but that was wrong.) Meanwhile, I'm sharing this unusual drink post with Elizabeth's Altered Book Lover Tuesday event centered on drinks of all kinds.
Blog Post © 2020 mae sander, images as credited.
I read this book as an adult, and never as a child which made for interesting reading. I forgot about the roast turkey taste, but could remember the colour.
Muy buenas esas imágenes, de tu publicación.
That first Tenniel illustration always cracks me up. Alice does NOT look like she's having a good time! Carroll really had a knack for language, didn't he? A fascinating fellow. I read blogger Jenny Woolf's biography of him and boy, it was intriguing. Speaking of tea parties (and Disney) -- check out this! I think you'll enjoy! https://youtu.be/ltjBT_TuUVA
I'm probably one of three people left in the world who has never read or seen the movie Alice in Wonderland. I so enjoyed how you emphasized the tea, the drink that made her smaller, and the visuals you provided. Thanks for this really clever and unusual take on T this week, Mae.
I can't believe you! I will NOW be singing White Rabbit all day long. I loved that song by Joplin. I have been told I was born a decade too late, since I love all the "classic" rock songs from the 60s and 70s.
Lovely post, Happy T wishes and new week ahead Kathy
Nice literary T post today. I enjoyed reading about it, and now I want to know about Joplin's song. And of course there is the Jefferson Airplane/Starship Go Ask Alice one too. Of course that was really about drugs. Happy T day Mae. Hugs-Erika
I just love the illustrations- both old and newer, and what a fun, fun story as well. Great post. Happy T day!
Alice is always a winner. I saw 2 different films, but I still like the book best where I can imagine my own scenes. Happy T Day, Valerie
I saw this only once, with my Mum and Brother. Wow, that was 9 years ago, on our last holiday with her. Bitter-sweet memories...
When I was a kid my grandpa came over with a book of Alice. The photos were like the ones you have shown here. I love them. I have seen two different movies and I still like the book better. Ahhhh Grace Slick and "White Rabbit" I sang that song live at a party. Not as good as Grace, I think it was good people were a bit drunk. LOL enjoy your day.
Alice's adventures were fun to read, and the various filmed interpretations are interesting to compare. The song? A treasure :) Happy T Tuesday!
I love the illustrations ~ clever T reference! Enjoy your week ~
I love all the versions of Alice in Wonderland including Tim Burton's take. Clean cup, clean cup, move on down! Happy T Day! ☕
I love everything Alice, including Grace Slick's song "White Rabbit." I often feel like we're living on the other side of the looking glass these days. Great post!
Happy T-Day. Stay safe and well. Hugs, Eileen
I love Alice in Wonderland and the tea party video always makes me smile 😀. Thanks for sharing and Happy T Day wishes! Hugs, Jo x
Loved that clip of Alice in Wonderland. I am not a fan of that version but I do love that clip. I read the book as an adult but not as a child and I really enjoyed it. It wascertainly different than the movie.
Happy Tea Day,
My favorite story of all! Love Alice and Wonderland! Thanks for a great post! Happy T Day!
Oh I love Alice in Wonderland. I have never seen the film (I didn't like the clip, so I'll give that a miss) but I read the book as a child and later as an adult I came to appreciate the beautiful language skills of Lewis Caroll.
Thanks for reminding me of White Rabbit. It will be in my head now for the rest of the day. I love that song. The melody is so haunting and the words are fun: 'Hookah smoking caterpillar'. Great!
Sorry for the late comment,
Have a good week,
One of my favourite books - read and re-read as a child - and maybe I'm ready for another read soon! Sorry to be so late, Chrisx
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