“Your hair wants cutting,” said the Hatter. He had been looking at
for some time with
great curiosity, and this was his first speech. Alice
“You should learn not to make personal remarks,”
said with some severity: “It’s very rude.” Alice
The Hatter opened his eyes very wide on hearing this; but all he said was, “Why is a raven like a writing desk?”
And so goes the conversation at the Mad Tea Party.
never does get the
answer to the question. Alice
“I give it up, “
replied. “What’s the answer?” Alice
“I haven’t the slightest idea, “said the Hatter.
After years of being asked continually about the riddle, Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland wrote in the preface of the 1869 edition of his book:
"Inquiries have been so often addressed to me, as to whether any answer to the Hatter's Riddle can be imagined, that I may as well put on record here what seems to me to be a fairly appropriate answer, viz: 'Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front!' This, however, is merely an afterthought; the Riddle, as originally invented, had no answer at all."
(and yes, he did spell “nevar” like that which is raven spelled backwards)
I was thinking about backward ravens when I began this painting.
I first painted him in rainbow colors so his feathers would have an iridescent appearance when I added layers of blue…
…and then more layers of darker blues and reds.
Then I finished off with more details and some long grasses.
Here’s another watercolor raven. This one I call, “Neighborhood Watch.”
And this one is, “Arrangement in Grey and Black,” a winter scene. For after all, Raven spelled backward is, “Nevar” which is a Spanish verb meaning, “to snow.”
These and more of my painting can be found for sale on my Etsy site, Watercolors by Leenie.