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From Carroll, Lewis. Illus. John Tenniel. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There . (London: Macmillan and Co., [printing of] 1920.) p. 117. Scanned by the author from the original.

These are of course toves, as mentioned in Jabberwocky. They are said to be "something like badgers - [... and] something like lizards - and [...] something like corkscrews" and they "also make their nests under sun-dials [the column of one of which appears in this image] - also they live on cheese."

The badger is the mascot of Wisconsin, by way of reference to the burrowing habits of the early miners in the district where I live. Badger-like critters described by Humpty Dumpty (for whom a word means just what he chooses it to mean - neither more nor less) seem appropriate companions for my gyring and gimbling through the linguistic wabe - also they could live on cheese here easily.


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