A Conversation for Alice in Wonderland - the Literary Character
Bistroist Started conversation Dec 16, 2000
Nopes, Annotated Alice is not about the Freudian symbols in Alice in Wonderland. Martin Gardner (who wrote the notes) avoids showing such, since he finds them too obvious or irrelevant (page 8, Annotated Alice).
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- The bistroists sister
protobikes Posted Oct 28, 2004
Probably everyone has already noticed this and I am wasting my time trying to deal with this very user-unfriendly site. I've found breaking into a house easier that this.
Anyway, I've just been reading Alice in Wonderland and the answer is stated as 42. It could be Douglas Adams was literate, or it could be a linited case of infinite improbability.
PS - sorry if this offends some obscure rule. I don't usually waste my time on such things.
Bistroist Posted Nov 30, 2004
Rules, what rules? Ah, the obscure ones, rarely notice those for some reason...
As for the whole 42-thing, I think it's generally agreed that it was in fact a combination of the two possibilities you mention. Adams was (understandably) rather fond of Carroll's works, but insisted that he himself came up with the number 42 almost completely at random.
It is of course possible that he was subconsciously influenced by his memories of Alice in Wonderland, but then again, he may not have...
Afraid we can't get more closer than that.
Sorry you've had such a hard time getting in here. I rarely get here myself, but I gather it's become a bit more troublesome over the last few years...
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