"Well, then," the Cat went on, "you see, a dog growls when it's angry, and wags its tail when it's pleased. Now I growl when I'm pleased, and wag my tail when I’m angry. Therefore, I'm mad."
"I call it purring, not growling," said Alice.
"Call it what you like," said the Cat. "Do you play croquet with the Queen to-day?"
"I should like it very much," said Alice, "but I haven't been invited yet."
"You'll see me there," said the Cat, and vanished.
1862 年 7 月，作者 Carroll 與朋友 Reverend Duckworth 帶著三位女孩到泰晤士河划船。划船一路上大家為了消磨時間， Carroll 便以其中一位小女孩為主角Alice的原型，隨興兜出了一篇幻想冒險故事，百年不衰的經典《愛麗絲夢遊仙境》就這樣誕生了。
*本文收錄於英語島English Island 2019年10月號