Re: [lewiscarroll] Why "(Mirabile dictu) a long chat with Mrs. Reeve"?
- Another thing to consider is why do people always have the assumption that
it is some untoward behaviour on CLD's part with the insinuation that this
is likely to be something sexual?
Dodgson spent time and money (his own?) on the three Liddell girls and he
was an born educator so the three Liddell girls would go home full of his
ideas. More likely is that Mrs. Reeve got fed up of hearing 'but Mr. Dodgson
said etc. etc.' and decided enough was enough and the words such as
'filling their heads with nonsense' springs to mind especially for girls
whose only function in those days was to look pretty and be sufficiently
educated to run a household when they got married. A bit of embroidery also
would not come amiss. Yet here's this chap telling them about mathematics,
science etc. all things Mrs. Reeve would know little about. She'd be jealous
and as Alice was supposedly her favourite she'd be peeved with him!
The Dean would not bother about this one jot. His upper class links would
have produced in him an air of superiority which would insulate him from
anything Dodgson said or did, his Oxford chiels or what Mr. Dodgson said to
his kids would be like water off a duck's back to him. However, Mrs. Reeve
wasn't related to the aristocracy, except minor county ones, and she'd not
be so blasé about what Mr. Dodgson, a menial, was saying to her
grandchildren. Relate it to your own experiences as a child or a parent. No
need to invent a sexual motive or take up positions of for or against Cohen
or Leach, both arguments are flawed.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Darien Graham-Smith" <darien@...>
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 10:56 AM
Subject: Re: [lewiscarroll] Why "(Mirabile dictu) a long chat with Mrs.
> On 3/7/06, Keith <keith@...> wrote:
>> Why everything should relate back to Alice is a modern view of a child's
>> role in a family.
> Just a quick note to say this is one of the most insightful and
> thought-provoking things I've read on this subject in a long time!
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