This card is based on Alice in Wonderland, the story of a girl who disappears down a rabbit hole to a fantastic place full of bizarre adventures. Alice follows a talking white rabbit, meets the Queen of Hearts and plays croquet using flamingos as mallets. Open the card to see a 3-d scene of Alice’s Tea Party seated at a large banquet table under the shade of a giant red mushroom, co-hosted by the Mad Hatter and joined by the March Hare and sleeping Dormouse.
Give this card for a tea party invitation, for your mad crazy friend, for a writer, for a reader, for nostalgia, for anyone who remembers and is charmed by the story of Alice and the Mad Hatter Tea Party.
Lewis Carroll describes the scene:
There was a table set out under a tree in front of the house, and the March Hare and the Hatter were having tea at it: a Dormouse was sitting between them, fast asleep, and the other two were using it as a cushion, resting their elbows on it, and the talking over its head. ‘Very uncomfortable for the Dormouse,’ thought Alice; ‘only, as it’s asleep, I suppose it doesn’t mind.’
The table was a large one, but the three were all crowded together at one corner of it: ‘No room! No room!’ they cried out when they saw Alice coming. ‘There’s plenty of room!’ said Alice indignantly, and she sat down in a large armchair at one end of the table.
‘Have some wine,’ the March Hare said in an encouraging tone.
Alice looked all round the table, but there was nothing on it but tea. ‘I don’t see any wine,’ she remarked.
‘There isn’t any,’ said the March Hare.
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Quotes and messages:
“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where –”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.
Curiouser and curiouser!
If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.
Mad Hatter: “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”
“Have you guessed the riddle yet?” the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.
“No, I give it up,” Alice replied: “What’s the answer?”
“I haven’t the slightest idea,” said the Hatter”
“I don’t think…” then you shouldn’t talk, said the Hatter.”
Have I gone mad?
I’m afraid so, but let me tell you something, the best people usually are.
Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don’t much care where.
Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.
‘- so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”
Alice: How long is forever?
White Rabbit: Sometimes, just one second.
We’re all mad here.
The scene is said to be the inspiration for Jefferson Airplane’s 1967 psychedelic anthem White Rabbit:
“When the 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 low / Go ask Alice, I think she’ll know.”