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XII. Alice's Evidence

In the many photos of Alice Liddell taken by Charles Dodgson, the shadow of the real Alice gazes back at us. This one was taken in 1860 and corresponds with a portrait on the last pages of the Alice's Adventures Under Ground manuscript. In that work, Alice Liddell appears under the thoughts of book-Alice's older sister, "remembering her own child-life, and the happy summer days."

The lens of memory is evoked, but also of the outside gaze: the sister, friend, writer who imagines and enscribes Alice's adventures even as the real Alice Liddell is voiceless in what would become the iconic text.

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