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Why does Alice (in Wonderland) say so? #1 (permalink) Sun Nov 06, 2011 4:16 am   Why does Alice (in Wonderland) say so?
 

Hello, Hi, Howdy,

I wonder, why Alice, OK actually the white rabbit, does say so?:

A secret, kept from all the rest, between yourself and me.'

Should it be "between you and me"???? Am I right?

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Why does Alice (in Wonderland) say so? #2 (permalink) Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:48 am   Why does Alice (in Wonderland) say so?
 

Either is okay.
'Alice in Wonderland' was written over 150 years ago, and the style of the story reflects this. Many of the language patterns appear to be more formal than would be used today.
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Why does Alice (in Wonderland) say so? #3 (permalink) Sun Nov 06, 2011 12:29 pm   Why does Alice (in Wonderland) say so?
 

It's also necessary for the meter and the theme:

`They told me you had been to her,
And mentioned me to him:
She gave me a good character,
But said I could not swim.

He sent them word I had not gone
(We know it to be true):
If she should push the matter on,
What would become of you?

I gave her one, they gave him two,
You gave us three or more;
They all returned from him to you,
Though they were mine before.

If I or she should chance to be
Involved in this affair,
He trusts to you to set them free,
Exactly as we were.

My notion was that you had been
(Before she had this fit)
An obstacle that came between
Him, and ourselves, and it.

Don't let him know she liked them best,
For this must ever be
A secret, kept from all the rest,
Between yourself and me.'

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Why does Alice (in Wonderland) say so? #4 (permalink) Sun Nov 06, 2011 13:27 pm   Why does Alice (in Wonderland) say so?
 

Thank you for the addition, MM.
I hadn't made the connection between the line and the White Rabbit's evidence in verse at the trial, and was thinking about prose.
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