The New Belfry

Christ Church Tom Quad, looking south towards the Hall with the temporary belfry mounted on top of it In 1872 the Christ Church College Cathedral belfry showed damages which made it necessary to rehouse its bells elsewhere. Driven by Dean Henry George Liddel, the New Belfry project started in 1872. The new bell tower was … Continue reading “The New Belfry”

Bathing-Machines

[The New Belfry of Christ Church, Oxford] is of the best of Dodgson’s Oxford squibs, a good humored but cutting attack on Dean Liddell (the father of Alice) and the wooden cube built to contain the Cathedral bells during operations to build a new tower. Though it can still be found today behind the stone … Continue reading “Bathing-Machines”

9.5±0.5 Snark Hunters

Allegedly, the Snark hunting crew consists of ten members (MG017). Is that so? Martin Gardener (MG046) told us that “Phyllis Greenacre thinks that the ten members of the crew represent the ten children of the Dodgson family.” However, I think that to Dodgson/Carroll his private life was nothing to be referred to in his fiction … Continue reading “9.5±0.5 Snark Hunters”

The Baker’s 42 Boxes

The Baker’s 42 boxes (MG011) might be a reference to Thomas Cranmer’s 42 Articles. The Baker’s 42 Boxes are the original Protestant Articles of 1553, with Thomas Cranmer’s name on each. Angus MacIntyre, The Reverend Snark, Jabberwocky 23(1994): 51-52   I suggest that this belongs to Carroll’s references to Thomas Cranmer himself. A Baker is … Continue reading “The Baker’s 42 Boxes”

Martin Gardner’s Snark Annotations

Today I start to refer to Martin Gardner’s annotations to The Hunting of the Snark in a more systematical way. Admittedly, I should have done that much earlier. I didn’t read the annotations carefully enough. As an example, Martin Gardner annotated (MG058) to The Hunting of the Snark that Elizabeth Sewell pointed out in The … Continue reading “Martin Gardner’s Snark Annotations”

Knight Letter № 100

In July 2018, the members of the LCSNA (Lewis Carroll Society of North America) received the 100th Knight Letter. A friend told me that the caterpillar (here without hookah) on the front page is a Hickory Horned Devil.   On pages 55~56 you find a few lines which I wrote about the Baker and Thomas … Continue reading “Knight Letter № 100”

Burning the Baker

  The images (click on them to read more) are related to my little article in the Knight Letter № 100 (July 2018, ISSN 0193-886X, published by the LCSNA).   Blog entry related to this page Feedback: Twitter | Facebook 1 | Facebook 2 | Quora My LCSNA Knight Letter links MG064