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The Forbidden Forest Of Baroness Gertrude Ludwig Dodgson

“I entered the forest here and a hare appeared, then did many more everywhere in a prolific dance, prancing into a murky world of green and blue, a haze of dark colors ablaze dripping morning dew hidden beneath the roof of tree’s shelter as insects flew and fungus grew. I waited in the pond, ankle deep, address of blue silk pattern in hand to avoid getting it wet, an arrow on it pointing the way which kept changing as I moved. My thoughts were adrift absorbing the visual play seeing images all around me reflected off the pond’s surface. After a conversation with a flying squirrel who had spoken to me about the rocky, bumpy hole with the hare, I jumped into this whole, over there, traveling to an another place to attend a tea party with all sorts of strange talking creatures, going through keyholes and eating mushrooms along the way.”

This excerpt, hand-written in Yiddish, was found in the diaries of German Baroness Gertrude Von Ludwig Dodgson, reportedly the second cousin once removed of Charles Lutwig Dodgson, known by the pseudonym, Lewis Carroll, noted British author and master of Literary nonsense. His most popular works include “Jabberwocky”, “The Hunting Of The Snark” and the complete works of “Alice in Wonderland”.

Disney studios brought it to the screen as a beloved 1951 epic animated fantasy, an interpretive adaptation of colors and epic symbols about the girl with golden hair seeing a talking hare, holding watch, nervously observing the direction as thyme grew late for a clue that would help him find his lost hole, running, claiming to be late for a very important date, a gathering with some questionable characters hosted by a loonytoon with attitude and a hat. Now, Tim Burton has created a 3D version starring Johnny Depp.

Dodgson never met his cousin who had been committed to the Bavarian Sanitarium For Anthropomorphic Research when she was observed talking to birds, squirrels and vampire bats migrating from Romania. After her death caused by an attack from a hive of bumble bee’s and spawning salmon, her vast estate including a crypt of secret documents and diaries from some of the most illustrious royal families of Europe, were left to her closest living relative then known by the name Lewis Carroll.

These quotes are believed to be the basis of his most popular books, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and its sequel, Through The Looking Glass And What Alice Found There. Many parallels can be found between his novel nonsense and the stories in her most recent diaries.

Since imagination is a place where living or inanimate objects can have human qualities, it’s sensible to conclude that animals, imaginary people, and even cartoon characters we know can’t   exist, can also act with human traits in a place where everything makes scents despite having no logical sense.