Today is November 4th. Did you know this is the day the story “Though the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there” took place?
The date is never actually mentioned in the story, but we can derive it from the context.
Take this paragraph from the first chapter:
`Do you know what to-morrow is, Kitty?’ Alice began. `You’d have guessed if you’d been up in the window with me — only Dinah was making you tidy, so you couldn’t. I was watching the boys getting in stick for the bonfire — and it wants plenty of sticks, Kitty! Only it got so cold, and it snowed so, they had to leave off. Never mind, Kitty, we’ll go and see the bonfire to-morrow.’
The fact that there will be a bonfire the next day, means that it is one day before Guy Fawkes Day, which is November 5th. This holiday was annually celebrated at Christ Church with a huge bonfire in Peckwater Quadrangle.
There is another hint in the sixth chapter:
`In that case we start fresh,’ said Humpty Dumpty, `and it’s my turn to choose a subject — ‘ (`He talks about it just as if it was a game!’ thought Alice.) `So here’s a question for you. How old did you say you were?’
Alice made a short calculation, and said `Seven years and six months.’
`Wrong!’ Humpty Dumpty exclaimed triumphantly. `You never said a word like it!’
`I though you meant “How old are you?”‘ Alice explained.
`If I’d meant that, I’d have said it,’ said Humpty Dumpty.
The first story was dated May 4th, which was the birthday of the real Alice. So if she now is seven and one half years old, the continuation takes place a half year after the first story, which is November 4th.
Want to know more about hidden references in the ‘Alice’ books? Read my Story Origins page!