Age is but a Number

“Indeed, she had quite a long argument with the Lory, who at last turned sulky, and would only say “I’m older than you, and must know better.” And this Alice would not allow, without knowing how old it was, and, as the Lory positively refused to tell its age..”- Chapter 3

Interesting, to say the least.

Whoever said that adults know more? Yes, they are wiser as their years go on, but kids have something that many adults often forget about as they get older-how to live a little. Yes, there are many that have fun with their children, and kudos to them.  However, that tight rope that adults have to balance on is a tricky one.

Yet, in this part of the story, I think that Alice is more mature in this scene than in the previous ones, for she remains courteous and respectful throughout the race and “history lesson” from the mouse. Maybe Carroll wants to the Lory to represent childhood oppression, because the Lory is putting Alice down just because Alice is “younger” (even though the Lory won’t reveal it’s age)? Maybe he is trying to represent the adult that feels they know everything just because of age?

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