A Sort of Thing in His Dream


Illustration by John Tenniel

 
 

…”And if he left off dreaming about you, where do you suppose you’d be?’¹

‘Where I am now, of course,’ said Alice.

‘Not you!’ Tweedledee retorted contemptuously. ‘You’d be nowhere. Why, you’re only a sort of thing in his dream!’

‘If that there King was to wake,’ added Tweedledum, ‘you’d go out— bang!—just like a candle!”

Lewis Carroll
Through the Looking-glass
Chapter IV
Tweedledum and Tweedledee

 
 

Jorge Luis Borges

 
 

1.  Jorge Luis Borges quoted that line at the beginning of The Circular Ruins, a story about a magician who dreams himself a child, “limb by limb and feature by feature, in a thousand and one secret nights”.

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