“Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!”
Sounds familiar? 😉
He appears at the very beginning of the book, in chapter one, wearing a waistcoat, and as illustrated here, always consulting his pocket watch.
(I don’t know about you but I always try to be on time. I think it’s only polite and I don’t like waiting for someone myself either. But then Germans are generally known for the punctuality, so this might not surprise you. 😉 )
I made this little drawing for Inktober 2019, an international challenge that I already talked about here.
It’s been inspired by the drawing of the English illustrator John Tenniel whose fame, despite the thousands of political cartoons and hundreds of illustrative works attributed to him, stems from his illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson for those in the know) ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ (1865) and ‘Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There’ (1871).
His work and style perfectly combined both fantasy and reality.
An ultimate tribute came to him as he was knighted for his public services in 1893 by Queen Victoria.
It was the first such honour ever bestowed on an illustrator.
And of course, there are dozens, if not hundreds of references to Alice and the White Rabbit in literature, film and music – actually too numerous to count them all here, but there’s one that came to my mind first:
Remember Neo from The Matrix (1999 – OMG! I can’t believe it’s been 20 years(!) that I watched this film in the cinema!!) being told to follow the white rabbit at the beginning of the film? I thought that was so cool to make a reference to this book in a Sci-Fi movie! 😀
I think I would have loved the movie anyway – and now that I think about it, it’s high time I watch it again! – but this reference? Well, it made my mind up pretty fast. 😉
And thinking of the movie, I can’t help but remember that awesome soundtrack. So here’s in addition to Tracy’s Friday Song post “How Deep?” the following song:
And in answer to Tracy’s question: I’d say you gotta follow the rabbit all the way down. 😉