The Rocking-horse-fly

The Rocking-horse-fly — Illustration to the third chapter of Through the Looking Glass by John Tenniel. Wood-engraving by the Dalziels. "It's made entirely of wood, and gets about by swinging itself from branch to branch. . . [it lives on] sap and sawdust, " the talking Gnat tells Alice in this chapter. The title is a condensation between rocking-horse and horse-fly, following a trend of new coinages for words and expressions, much beloved by Lewis Carroll. [For a fuller discussion see next illustration.]

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Last modified (with added note) 27 April 2021