Down the Rabbit-Hole
Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister
on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had
peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no
pictures or conversations in it, `and what is the use of a book,’
thought Alice `without pictures or conversation?’
So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could,
for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether
the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble
of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White
Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her.
There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice
think it so VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to
itself, `Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!’ (when she thought
it over afterwards, it occurred to her that she ought to have
wondered at this, but at the time it all seemed quite natural);
but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-
POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on, Alice started to
her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never
before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the
field after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop
down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge.
In another moment down went Alice after it, never once
considering how in the world she was to get out again.
The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way,
and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a
moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself
falling down a very deep well.
Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she
had plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to
wonder what was going to happen next. First, she tried to look
down and make out what she was coming to, but it was too dark to
see anything; then she looked at the sides of the well, and
noticed that they were filled with cupboards and book-shelves;
here and there she saw maps and pictures hung upon pegs. She
took down a jar from one of the shelves as she passed; it was
labelled `ORANGE MARMALADE’, but to her great disappointment it
was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear of killing
somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as she
fell past it.
`Well!’ thought Alice to herself, `after such a fall as this, I
shall think nothing of tumbling down stairs! How brave they’ll
all think me at home! Why, I wouldn’t say anything about it,
even if I fell off the top of the house!’ (Which was very likely
Down, down, down. Would the fall NEVER come to an end! `I
wonder how many miles I’ve fallen by this time?’ she said aloud.
`I must be getting somewhere near the centre of the earth. Let
me see: that would be four thousand miles down, I think–’ (for,
you see, Alice had learnt several things of this sort in her
lessons in the schoolroom, and though this was not a VERY good
opportunity for showing off her knowledge, as there was no one to
listen to her, still it was good practice to say it over) `–yes,
that’s about the right distance–but then I wonder what Latitude
or Longitude I’ve got to?’ (Alice had no idea what Latitude was,
or Longitude either, but thought they were nice grand words to
Presently she began again. `I wonder if I shall fall right
THROUGH the earth! How funny it’ll seem to come out among the
people that walk with their heads downward! The Antipathies, I
think–’ (she was rather glad there WAS no one listening, this
time, as it didn’t sound at all the right word) `–but I shall
have to ask them what the name of the country is, you know.
Please, Ma’am, is this New Zealand or Australia?’ (and she tried
to curtsey as she spoke–fancy CURTSEYING as you’re falling
through the air! Do you think you could manage it?) `And what
an ignorant little girl she’ll think me for asking! No, it’ll
never do to ask: perhaps I shall see it written up somewhere.’
Down, down, down. There was nothing else to do, so Alice soon
began talking again. `Dinah’ll miss me very much to-night, I
should think!’ (Dinah was the cat.) `I hope they’ll remember
her saucer of milk at tea-time. Dinah my dear! I wish you were
down here with me! There are no mice in the air, I’m afraid, but
you might catch a bat, and that’s very like a mouse, you know.
But do cats eat bats, I wonder?’ And here Alice began to get
rather sleepy, and went on saying to herself, in a dreamy sort of
way, `Do cats eat bats? Do cats eat bats?’ and sometimes, `Do
bats eat cats?’ for, you see, as she couldn’t answer either
question, it didn’t much matter which way she put it. She felt
that she was dozing off, and had just begun to dream that she
was walking hand in hand with Dinah, and saying to her very
earnestly, `Now, Dinah, tell me the truth: did you ever eat a
bat?’ when suddenly, thump! thump! down she came upon a heap of
sticks and dry leaves, and the fall was over.
As you can see by this post, I’m actually writing something.
It’s a story about a girl who decided to redesign her blog.
It’s a suspense story since right now I don’t know how it will end.
Will her new blog be awesome? Or will she prefer the old blog after all?
I must keep turning pages but there are none to turn.
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Full Name: Isabella Marie Swan
Sequels: New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn (forthcoming)
Author’s Reason for Name Choice: It’s the name she would have given to the daughter she never had.
Let’s Get Lost by Sarra Manning
Full Name: Isabel ???
Explanation for name in the book: Her dad, a literary buff, named her after a character from a Henry James novel.
Keeping The Moon by Sarah Dessen
Full Name: Isabel ???
Relationship to Protagonist: Co-worker at a bar the protagonist befriends
ANALYSIS: WHAT KIND OF GIRL IS ISABEL?
Both Sarra Manning and Sarah Dessen’s Isabel’s are fiesty girl characters with a lot of attitude. Stephenie Meyer’s Bella, however, is clumsy, reserved, and more mature than most of her teen peers.
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Full Name: Macy Queen
Explanation for name in the book: Macy is a family name
The Key To The Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson
Full Name: Mayzie Gold
Explanation for name in book: Her dad, a baseball fanatic, named all his children after famous ball players. She is named after Willie Mays.
I’d Tell You I Loved, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter
Full Name: Macey McHenry
Sequels: Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy
Relationship to Protagonist: The new girl at school who joins the protagonist’s clique
The Clique by Lisi Harrison
Full Name: Massie ??
Relationship to Protagonist: Rival to protagonist
ANALYSIS: WHAT KIND OF GIRL IS MACY?
When Macy is a supporting character or an antagonist, she is usually outgoing and popular. She comes from money and she flaunts it. But alternatively, when Macy is a protagonist, she is usually shy and struggling to overcome the death of a family member. Both protagonists are the grounding support in their families even though Sarah Dessen’s Macy is an only child and Maureen Johnson’s Mayzie suffers from middle-child syndrome.
Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty
Full Name: Elizabeth Clarry
Other books she appears in: The Year of Secret Assignments, The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie
Nicknames: Liz, Lizzie
The Luxe by Anna Godberson
Full Name: Elizabeth Holland
Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
Full Name: Elizabeth Gunderson
Relationship to Protagonist: Rival classmate and former ex-girlfriend of Halley’s love interest
A Great And Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Full Name: Elizabeth Poole
Sequels: Rebel Angels, The Sweet Far Thing
Relationship to Protagonist: Elizabeth Poole is another student at Gemma’s boarding school. She is in a rival clique to Gemma.
I’d Tell You I Loved You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter
Full Name: Elizabeth Sutton
Sequels: Cross My Heart And Hope To Spy
Relationship to Protagonist: Protagonist’s best friend.
ANALYSIS: WHAT KIND OF GIRL IS ELIZABETH?
Characters named Elizabeth are sometimes on complete opposite ends of the spectrum. Ally Carter’s Liz is a girl-genius with a lot of loyal friends and many talents. Libba Bray’s Elizabeth is on the lower-end of the IQ spectrum, caring more about the social scene and her place in society. Moriarty’s Elizabeth is a nice girl who is completely devoted to her friends, even when they don’t deserve it. Dessen’s Elizabeth isn’t always nice. Elizabeth can be athletic or girly.
Good Girls by Laura Ruby
Full Name: Audrey Porter
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
Full Name: Audrey Cuttler
I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusack
Full Name: Audrey ???
ANALYSIS: WHAT KIND OF GIRL IS AUDREY?
All three Audrey’s listed above are blonde, and their blonde hair is their defining feature. Laura Ruby’s plot stems from Audrey’s blonde hair being recognizable. Both Ruby’s and Benway’s protagonists become infamous because of an incident with an ex-boyfriend, though Benway’s fame is on a much larger scale. Both girls are outgoing and must deal with their sudden unwanted notoriety. All of the Audrey’s have loyal friends who stand by them during times of turmoil. All three Audrey’s engage in slutty behavior of some kind.