You're nothing but a pack of cards!

"You're nothing but a pack of cards!"

Sir John Tenniel

1865

Wood-engraving by Dalziel

Illustration for the twelfth chapter of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland

We see the moment at which a statement from the real world destroys the world of Wonderland.

Every work of fantasy needs to move the reader or viewer out of his or her everyday world into a fantastic one -- and then return. This illustration shows how we get back to our world from the world of the book. By what means did we leave it for Wonderland in the first place? How does Carroll effect the transition into the magic world of fantasy in his sequel? — GPL

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