Lewis Carolls’ novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, was published November 26th, 1865 and follows the tale of Alice. One summer day, she spots a white rabbit and follows it down a rabbit hole. This leads her into a series of strange rooms. Alice eats a cake and drinks a strange potion, causing her to shrink and grow to fit through a series of doors so that she can continue chasing the rabbit. She meets a mouse, then a caterpillar who tells her each side of the mushroom will make her shrink or grow. When she shrinks, she meets the Duchess, the Cheshire Cat, a baby, and a Cook. The Chesire cat tells Alice “Oh, you can’t help that, we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.” (pg. 82) and then sends her to the March Hare’s house. It is here that Alice meets the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, and the Dormouse having a tea party that they are stuck in because they all wronged Time. She then continues into the forest, through a door, and into the garden, where she saves the gardeners from the Queen of Hearts, who then joins Alice in a game of croquet. Afterwards, she meets the Gryphon and Mock Turtle, and tells them about her strange adventures. They hear a trail is beginning for the Knave of Hearts because he ate the Queen of Hearts’ tarts. The Mad Hatter, the Cook, and lastly Alice, are all called to the witness stand. When the White Rabbit presents the court with a poem as evidence, the King takes it as an admission of Alice’s guilt. When the Queen orders her to be beheaded, she grows to be humongous and ruins the queen’s whole army of cards.
Today marks the first day of practicing self isolation. Whooping cough has rapidly spread across the country, infecting more and more people every minute. My family decided to practice keeping our distances from others and keeping to ourselves to lower the possibility of contracting the virus. So far, I have felt very lonely and have taken many walks to try and find something to do but always end up feeling even more lost and alone. On my last walk of the day, I watched the sunset from afar in a meadow full of white daisies. It was very peaceful and calming. On my way back to get ready for slumber, I snuck into the kitchen to grab a bite to eat. I noticed a strange bowl sitting on the counter filled with a substance that to me looked like cake batter. Out of curiosity, I decided to taste test the batter looking substance intrigued by what the strange substance tasted like. Hesitant of tasting the substance, I scooped a small amount onto my fingers and licked them clean. Strangely, the batter tastes exactly like mangos. I then ate more and more until before I knew it the entire bowl was empty. I then decided to go straight to my room to get ready to go to sleep for the night before I got caught eating the batter. I instantly fell asleep when I got into bed. The next morning, I woke up to a strange white rabbit running frantically outside my window, exclaiming “he was late” while looking at his pocket watch. I decided to follow him to see where he led me. I ended up down a tunnel into a strange hall filled with hundreds of different doors. I lost the white rabbit and was lost trying to find him again.
Diary Entry: 03/10/1906
I’ve felt so off since eating the strange batter the other night. I’ve continuously dreamt about chasing a white rabbit and meeting strange characters on my journey to finding the white rabbit to fill my curiosity of wondering what he is late for. For example, once I left the strange hallway of doors I came upon a shore filled with many different, weird animals. A mouse came up to me and accompanied me to go and meet the rest of the animals. I started talking about how dearly I missed my cat, dinah and ended up scaring the animals off. I found myself feeling more alone than ever. I decided to continue to find the white rabbit and continued to walk down a path. I finally then found the white rabbit and he had mistaken me as a servant and started ordering me around to do many tasks for him. While in the white rabbits home I decided to drink an unmarked bottle. I then started to grow into the size of the white rabbits room. I had no idea why I was suddenly a giant. The white rabbit freaked out and gathered animals to throw rocks at me to get me out of the house. Strangely the rocks turned into cakes as they entered the house. I ate one and then shrunk down into a smaller size. I then ran off into the words to avoid the animals who were trying to hurt me. I stumbled upon a caterpillar smoking a hookah. We then got into an argument but before he shriveled away he told me one side of the mushroom will make me shrink, while the other will make me grow. I decided to take a taste and rapidly grew taller and taller through the trees. I had a pigeon nest on my head filled with her eggs. She started attacking me, accusing me of being a hungry serpent trying to eat her eggs. I then ate the other side of the mushroom and shrank down to a tinier size. Afterwards, I am awakened by a burning sensation in my body. The sun had come up and I was sweating and sneezing continuously. Mother had then called the doctors.
Diary Entry: 04/17/1906
It’s been almost a month since i’ve written my last entry. I contracted the disease my family and I have desperately been trying to keep safe from. It all started the morning after I had eaten the batter. I continually envisioned seeing the white rabbit running outside my window. Even though i’ve felt completely worse than usual, curiosity got the best of me and I decided to follow him again. While walking in the woods to find him I came upon a duchess trying to calm a crying baby as well as a smiling cheshire cat and a cook. The duchess was very rude towards me and then left to prepare for her game of croquet with the queen. She then hands me the baby who i soon discover was not a baby at all but in fact was a pig. I then let the pig go and continued on my search for the white rabbit. I then came upon the cheshire cat who then continued to explain to me that everyone in wonderland was mad. The cat then gave me directions to the March Hare’s house and then disappeared. I then made my way to the March Hare’s house, where I found the March Hare, Mad Hatter, and the Dormouse having a tea party. All three were very rude towards me so I decided to leave and continue in search of the white rabbit. I found my way back in the garden from before and came upon a very angry queen who invited me to play a strange game of croquet with her. The duchess from the woods earlier came up to me and tried to befriend me but I felt very uneasy around her. The queen then runs the duchess off and then I hear an announcement of a trial taking place. I attended the trial where the Knaves of Hearts was accused of stealing the queen’s tarts. I felt the king was wrongly accusing the Knaves of Hearts and decided to speak up and tell the king. The queen took great defense and ordered for her men to behead me. I then grew to a larger size and knocked all of them down. I then was awoken to the sound of my mother’s voice. The doctors had said I wouldn’t make it through the night. I then started telling my sister and mother about the white rabbit and all the strange characters I came upon until I drifted off into a peaceful, forever sleep.