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The Flamingo in the croquet game.

Postby martin050 » Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:30 pm

I know Lewis Carroll used a lot of in-jokes in his stories... Ones that he and Alice would both appreciate, but I can't see where the flamingo (in the croquet game) fits in, unless he took the Liddell girls to see them at the zoo.
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Re: The Flamingo in the croquet game.

Postby The Queen of Hearts » Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:09 am

I've always viewed as more of a joke about the game croquet, since as is pointed out in The Annotated Alice "Carroll spent a great deal of time inventing new an unusual ways of playing familiar games."

It is interesting to note, though, that originally in Alice's Adventures Under Ground, the Queen of Hearts/Marchioness of Mock Turtles uses ostriches instead of flamingos for the game.

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Re: The Flamingo in the croquet game.

Postby martin050 » Mon Sep 26, 2016 10:08 am

I hadn't seen that, thank you.
On the same subject...I've read that the Liddell girls came across a hedgehog on the Deanery lawn while they were playing a game of croquet, which rolled into a ball when approached. Hence the hedgehog croquet ball in the Queen's game I suppose.

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Re: The Flamingo in the croquet game.

Postby Jess » Thu Sep 29, 2016 1:25 pm

From the explanatory notes in the "Oxford World Classics" edition:
a curious croquet-ground: croquet was a favourite game with the Liddell children, and Dodgson played it often with Alice and her sisters in the Deanery garden. He invented for them a new version of the game, Croquet Castles, which he had printed privately at Oxford on 4 May 1863 (see The Lewis Carroll Picture Book, 1899, p.271). (Croquet Castles is reprinted in Hamlyn.)

live flamingoes: they were ostriches in A.A.U. (Ostriches bury their heads in the sand - as a child often does with the head of a croquet mallet in the turf.)
(although I do think I should point out that ostriches burying their heads in the sand is a myth.)

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Re: The Flamingo in the croquet game.

Postby martin050 » Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:54 pm

Many thanks for that interesting info Jess.


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