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Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, published in 1872, is a novel by Lewis Carroll, the sequel to his 1865 fantasy novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Set seven years after the events of the first book, the story follows Alice as she steps through a mirror and enters a bizarre chess-themed world where everything is reversed.
The novel opens with Alice's sister, Kitty, reading to her a poem about the Red King and the White Queen. Alice becomes fascinated by the poem and imagines herself entering the looking-glass world. Suddenly, she finds herself climbing through the glass and entering a strange new world.
This world is based on a chess game, with the Red King and White Queen as the rulers. Alice soon meets a number of strange and wonderful characters, including:
Alice has many adventures in the looking-glass world, including playing a game of chess with the Red King and White Queen, attending a trial where Tweedledum and Tweedledee are accused of murder, and participating in a nonsensical poetry contest.
Eventually, Alice wakes up from her dream and finds herself back in her own world. She is not sure whether her adventures were real or just a dream, but she knows that she will never forget them.
Through the Looking-Glass explores a wide range of themes, including:
Through the Looking-Glass is full of memorable characters, including:
Through the Looking-Glass is considered one of the greatest children's novels ever written. It is praised for its humor, its imagination, and its exploration of philosophical themes. The novel has been adapted into many films, television series, and operas.
Some of the novel's most famous quotes include: