Impossible Things Before Breakfast…

Amazingly, I’ve never read this classic, but I have heard this section quoted before. A few weeks ago it came up in a sermon at church, and it’s worth quoting here. Community, after all, is one of those ‘impossible’ things.

`I ca’n’t believe that!‘ said Alice.

`Ca’n’t you?’ the Queen said in a pitying tone. `Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.’

Alice laughed. `There’s no use trying,’ she said `one ca’n’t believe impossible things.’

`I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. `When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast…”

– from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, Chapter 5, “Wool and Water”

What impossible things have you believed before breakfast?


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2 comments on “Impossible Things Before Breakfast…

  1. Elaine Wise says:

    My favorite part of Alice is when Alice approaches the Cheshire Cat and asks, “Would you please tell me which way I ought to go from here?”

    The Cheshire Cat replies, “That depends a great deal on where you want to go.”

    Alice says, “I admit, I don’t much care where.”

    The Cheshire Cat then says, “Then it doesn’t really matter much which way you go, does it?”

    Oh how true Lewis Carroll is even today – if you don’t know nor care, how will you ever know when you arrive?

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