Definition of Through the Looking Glass from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Through the Looking Glass

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a well-known children's book by Lewis Carroll, first published in 1872 with illustrations by John Tenniel. It is about the adventures in a strange world of Alice, a little girl who was also the subject of Carroll's earlier book Alice in Wonderland. Alice dreams that she goes through a looking glass (= mirror) and on the other side meets the red and white queens, chess pieces who have come to life, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Humpty Dumpty and the lion and the unicorn. see also Jabberwocky, Walrus and the Carpenter
‘I don't care for jam.’‘It's very good jam,’ said the Queen.‘Well, I don't want any to-day, at any rate.’‘You couldn't have it if you did want it,’ the Queen said. ‘The rule is jam tomorrow and jam yesterday but never jam to-day.’‘It must come sometimes to “jam to-day”,’ Alice objected.‘No it can't,’ said the Queen. ‘It's jam every other day; to-day isn't any other day, you know.’‘I don't understand you,’ said Alice. ‘It's dreadfully confusing!’
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