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Unformatted text preview: The Mad Tea-Party is filled with atrocious puns in conversation. The pun is determined by the coincidence of two words that sound so alike that relevant information is muddled. And here the play on words is a way of freeing meaning from conventional definition. The Dormouse, for instance, tells a story about three sisters who lived in a treacle well and were learning to "draw" treacle (molasses). Alice asks: "But I don't understand. Where did they draw treacle from?" "You can draw water out of a water-well," says the Mad Hatter, "so I should think you could draw treacle out of a treacle-well." "But they were in the well," says Alice (very logically). "Of course they were," says the Dormouse. "Well in." The Dormouse's illogic continues to frustrate Alice. Playing on words that begin with the letter M, the Dormouse describes the sisters as drawing...
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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.
- Fall '08