caterpillar The caterpillar is somewhat a mysterious sage-like character, who smokes a hookah. He appeared in
Note that caterpillar never gave Alice a call.
And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you're going to fall
Tell 'em a hookah smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call
When she was just small
chessboard Chess is not mentioned in the first book, but in the sequal: Through The Looking Glass, every character is a chess piece (except Alice).
mushroom first appears at the end of
chapter 4, then 5.
Caterpillar told Alice that the mushroom: “One side will make you grow taller, and the other side will make you grow shorter.”.
In later chapters
6 and 7, Alice kept the pieces in her pocket so she can nibble and grow/shrink at will.
In this lyrics, the mushroom alludes to Psilocybin mushrooms, popularized by Timothy Leary.
When men on the chessboard
Get up and tell you where to go
And you've just had some kind of mushroom
And your mind is moving slow
Go ask Alice
I think she'll know
logic Logic is a central theme in the 2 Wonderland books. Its author Lewis Carroll is a logician.
For example, here's a quote from Chapter 4 where the word “logic” in mentioned explicitly :
«“Contrariwise,” continued Tweedledee, “if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.”»
backwards Backwards, as in reversal, inversion, mirroring, is a central theme in Looking-glass. It is implicitly applied to time, shape, speech.
For example, in
Chapter 5, excerpt:
«“That's the effect of living backwards,” the Queen said kindly: “it always makes one a little giddy at first—”»
off with her head The Queen is a central character in Wonderland. She is Queen of Hearts of playing card (thus “Red” Queen).
The Queen is fond of execution by shouting “Off with his/her/their head”, first spoke in
Chapter 7, and said it the most in
In Looking-glass, there's the White Queen and Red Queen (of Chess). However, the phrase “off with … head” or execution didn't appear in Looking-glass. In Looking-glass, Alice start as a pawn, and in the end became a Queen herself too.
dormouse Dormouse is a main character in
Chapter 7, and also appeared in
Chapter 11. The Dormouse is most of the time asleep or dormant and in that state got abused by the March Hare and Mad Hatter. The dormouse never said “feed your head” or anything like it. However, “feeding” and “head” are recurrent themes.
When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's “off with her head!”
Remember what the dormouse said:
“FEED YOUR HEAD”