“Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, and where is the use of a book, thought Alice, without pictures or conversations? So she was considering in her own mind, (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid,) whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain was worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when a white rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her.”
I don’t recall exactly when I first read Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, I was five or six years old. But I do remember that the iconic children’s book blew my little mind. I must have checked that battered little copy out of my local library three more times.
Now it’s possible to read the original 1864 version of the book, first titled “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground”, presented by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) to Alice Liddell at the British Library website. The entire handwritten volume, including Dodgson’s original ink illustrations, is now available.