Alice and the Red Queen running hand in hand

Alice and the Red Queen running hand in hand — Illustration to the second chapter of Through the Looking Glass by John Tenniel. Wood-engraving by the Dalziels. In 2000 student assistants from the University Scholars Program, National University of Singapore, scanned this image and added text under the supervision of George P. Landow. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the site and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one. ]

They were running hand in hand, and the Queen went so fast that it was all she could do to keep up with her...The most curious part of the thing was, that the trees and the other things around them never seemed to change their places at all.

Compare the way in which the picture conveys the sense of speed amid stasis with the imagery in the text. In what ways — or to what extent — has the picture captured the paradoxical contrast conveyed in the text?

Last modified 21 October 2007