Postby **Lenny** » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:47 am

`You ought to have finished,’ said the King. `When did you begin?’

The Hatter looked at the March Hare, who had followed him into the court, arm-in-arm with the Dormouse. `Fourteenth of March, I think it was,’ he said.

`Fifteenth,’ said the March Hare.

`Sixteenth,’ added the Dormouse.

`Write that down,’ the King said to the jury, and the jury eagerly wrote down all three dates on their slates, and then added them up, and reduced the answer to shillings and pence.

Somewhat off topic, but... as Carroll was a mathematician, I wonder if the result of that silly calculation of the jurors has any meaning?

Let's assume the year is 1862 (when the story was written). The sum would then be:

14/03/1862

15/03/1862

16/03/1862

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45/09/5586 which can be seen as L/S/D (Pounds/Shillings/Pence)

Rewriting this to the proper monetary notation would result in 68/14/6 (there are 12 pence in a shilling, and 20 shillings in a pound)

Reducing this to only shillings and pence would result in **1374/6**.

If we assume the year is not 1862 but 1865, the publication year of the book, the results would be:

45/09/5595 --> 68/15/3 --> **1375/3**

If we assume the year is 1859 (because Alice was 7 in the book, not 10 as she was in real life when the story was invented), the results woud be:

45/09/5577 --> 68/13/9 --> **1373/9**

And if we leave out the year altogether and only use the day and month, it would be:

**45/9** (or 2/5/9)

Does any of these results have any meaning?

We may even see the result in shillings and pence as a subtraction sum, which would result in respectively 229, 458.33, 152.55, and 5. Would that have any meaning?