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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland  begins as a pleasant fairy tale. Alice and her sister are reading a  book that has neither pictures nor conversations. Alice finds the reading tedious; she is anxious for  more vivid and direct forms of experience. Her boredom and anxiety cause her to withdraw from the  "civilized pastime" of reading dull books and to fall to sleep, entering the world of dreams. At the  edge of semi-sleep consciousness, she sees the form of a white rabbit scurrying toward a rabbit- hole. Immediately, Alice is curious and pursues him down the hole. The reason for Alice's pursuit is  that she burns with curiosity; after all, the rabbit is wearing a waistcoat, talking to himself, walking  upright, and he has a pocket watch; his image is thus unusual, suggesting romantic and fairy tale  "people." The rabbit's hole functions like a large laundry chute, and, curiously, Alice "floats" down the 
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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