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…the moral of that is — ‘Be what you would seem to be’ — or, if you’d like it put more simply — ‘Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise’

‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll

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I just finished a peculiar book on Lewis Carroll. While it had some intriguing things to say about the trauma babies feel on losing the full attention of their mothers, on the arrival of a new sibling; it lost the struggle with psychotherapy to do much more than offer clever justifications for Dodgson’s ‘eccentricities’. It also brought home just how manipulative & creepy Dodgson¬† could be in his dealings with the young girls’ mothers – the young girls whose company he sought. It also made it clear that there was an explicit eroticism¬† which he saw in these children. It’s the plays with identity interest me…