Alice Question #16 ~ The ONBC Parlor Game

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Alice Question #16 ~ The ONBC Parlor Game

Unread postby Liz » Tue Feb 16, 2010 4:21 pm

From The Lion and the Unicorn (note that “Messenger”/”Haigha”/”Hatta” is the Mad Hatter):

Messenger kept skipping up and down, and wriggling like an eel, as he came along, with his great hands spread out like fans on each side.)

"Not at all," said the King. "He's an Anglo-Saxon Messenger -- and those are Anglo-Saxon attitudes. He only does them when he's happy. His name is Haigha." (He pronounced it so as to rhyme with "mayor.")

"I love my love with an H," Alice couldn't help beginning, "because he is Happy. I hate him with an H, because he is Hideous. I fed him with -- with -- with Ham-sandwiches and Hay. His name is Haigha, and he lives -- -"

"He lives on the Hill," the King remarked simply, without the least idea that he was joining in the game, while Alice was still hesitating for the name of a town beginning with H. "The other Messenger's called Hatta. I must have two, you know -- to come and go. One to come, and one to go."

"I beg your pardon?" said Alice.

"It isn't respectable to beg," said the King.

"I only meant that I didn't understand," said Alice. "Why one to come and one to go?"


Note 5 from The Annotated Alice:

“I love my love with an A” was a popular parlor game in Victorian England. The first player recited:

I love my love with an A because he’s ____.
I hate him because he’s ____.
He took me to the Sign of the ____
And treated me with ____.
His name’s ____
And he lives at ____.

In each blank space the player used a suitable word beginning with A. The second player then repeated the same lines, using B instead of A, the game continued in this fashion through the alphabet. Players unable to supply an acceptable word dropped out of the game. The wording of the recitation varied; the lines quoted above are taken from James Orchard Halliwell’s The Nursery Rhymes of England, a book popular in Carroll’s day. It was clever of Alice to start the game with H instead of A, for the Anglo-Saxon Messengers undoubtedly dropped their H’s.


Now we’re going to play the ONBC parlor game, which will differ slightly from the original game.

Choose a character from Alice.

And use the first letter of that character’s name (last or first name—your choice).

Say why you love that character, why you hate that character, and then add some other descriptions (of your choice) using that same letter.

It doesn’t have to make a lot of sense.

Here's an example:

I love the Cheshire Cat with a C because he’s ____.
I hate him because he’s c____.
He is c____, c____, c____, c____, etc.

Try to have fun with this one. :biggrin:
You can't judge a book by its cover.

The only thing that matters is the ending. It's the most important part of the story.

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Re: Alice Question #16 ~ The ONBC Parlor Game

Unread postby fansmom » Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:30 pm

Aren't you worried that we're all going to love a certain Mad Hatter? :hatterspin:

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Re: Alice Question #16 ~ The ONBC Parlor Game

Unread postby fansmom » Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:42 pm

Here goes:
I love the Mad Hatter with an M because he is Magnificent.
I hate the Mad Hatter because he is Made-up (as in wearing a lot of makeup).
He is manic and male and madcap and magical.

Speaking of M's, I'm going to Manhattan to MOMA to see the Tim Burton exhibit on Saturday, April 17th. Will anyone be near there and want to meet up?

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Re: Alice Question #16 ~ The ONBC Parlor Game

Unread postby Buster » Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:48 pm

Ho, nice game!

I love my love with an LB because he has a lithe body...
I hate him because he's a little boring.
He took me to "The Sign of the Lion Brevette"
And treated me to limp biscuits.
His name is the Lizard Bill,
And he lives on the launch, Bodily.

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Re: Alice Question #16 ~ The ONBC Parlor Game

Unread postby fansmom » Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:58 pm

Buster wrote:And treated me to limp biscuits.

:biglaugh:

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Re: Alice Question #16 ~ The ONBC Parlor Game

Unread postby gemini » Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:56 pm

My friend is the sleepy little Dormouse.
I love that he is so docile.
But into the teapot he was doused.
And glad I was that he did not drown.
I hate that he was treated so darkly.
For his only fault was being dull.
But I fear his escape is only a dream.
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Re: Alice Question #16 ~ The ONBC Parlor Game

Unread postby Theresa » Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:06 pm

I love the Dormouse with a D because he's dramatic.
I hate him because he is drowsy.
He is dulcet and dozy and dreamy and diminutive.

(I'm not nearly as eloquent as gemini with my "D" :grin: )

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Re: Alice Question #16 ~ The ONBC Parlor Game

Unread postby Liz » Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:58 am

I am in absolute awe of everyone’s answers so far. :notworthy:


I love the Cheshire Cat with a C because he’s cute.
I hate him because he’s creepy.
He is cagey & cheesy,
And he chopped off his head and placed it in a tree…..
Talk about crazy! :mort2:
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Re: Alice Question #16 ~ The ONBC Parlor Game

Unread postby Buster » Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:45 am

I love my love with an WR because he has a way of running...(away)
I hate him because he has a worried rushing...
He took me to "The Sign of the Wonderfully Royal"
And treated me to watching ridiculous things
His name is the White Rabbit
And he lives in Wonderland, really!

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Re: Alice Question #16 ~ The ONBC Parlor Game

Unread postby gemini » Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:22 pm

Buster wrote:I love my love with an WR because he has a way of running...(away)
I hate him because he has a worried rushing...
He took me to "The Sign of the Wonderfully Royal"
And treated me to watching ridiculous things
His name is the White Rabbit
And he lives in Wonderland, really!


I am impressed Buster. I have trouble thinking of one word per sentence with the same letter but you've done two with double letters in the name! :cool:
Theresa, I see we both like the same little laid back fellow. :bedtime:
I thought we has a sleepy smily. :biggrin:
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Re: Alice Question #16 ~ The ONBC Parlor Game

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:53 pm

You guys are good!!!! :applause2:

Here is mine:

I love the White Knight because he is wonderfully kind.
I hate him because he is wobbly and klutzy.
He wishes for wonderful knick knacks.
The knave warbles wistfully and knowingly.
He is a weird, wacky, krazy kat!

I couldn't figure out how to describe him talking backwards...
:grin:
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Re: Alice Question #16 ~ The ONBC Parlor Game

Unread postby Buster » Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:57 pm

Uses words kinkily?

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Re: Alice Question #16 ~ The ONBC Parlor Game

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:01 am

That works, Buster! :cool:
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Re: Alice Question #16 ~ The ONBC Parlor Game

Unread postby Liz » Thu Feb 18, 2010 1:00 am

Double letters? Wow! I'm doubly impressed! :notworthy: :hatterspin:
You can't judge a book by its cover.

The only thing that matters is the ending. It's the most important part of the story.


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