There are three strong voices competing for
“Imperious Prima flashes forth
Her edict “to begin it”;
In gentler tones Secunda hopes
“There will be nonsense in it!”
While Tertia interrupts the tale
Not more than once a minute.”
Prima, the first, is direct and clear – there is one way, the right way, the normal way. Like the Queen of Hearts she gives her pronouncement. But is ‘normal’ what is normally done, or is it something else? Having never been there before
“Would you like something to help with the pain?” Secunda inquires, and
Tertia, meanwhile, has the oversight of all things obstetric, and considers herself in charge. With stop watch in hand, and pointing to (Capital E) Evidence, she demands that the times and calculations be correct.
“If you knew Time as well as I do,” said the Hatter, “you wouldn’t talk about wasting it. It’s him.”
“I don’t know what you mean,” said
“Of course you don’t!” the Hatter said, tossing his head contemptuously.
Being very keen to please,
“Stuff and nonsense!” said
“Hold your tongue!” said the Queen, turning purple.
“I wo’n’t!” said
“Off with her head!” the Queen shouted at the top of her voice. Nobody moved.
“Who cares for you?” said
Joy Johnston, 11 July 2008.
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