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Mary Finn: Jimothy James Finn! I don’t care what you may have heard; we do not treat people that way! (to Eleanor) How do you fancy a stay in the world outside the Wonderland? As our guest?

Eleanor: *jubilation*

Lorne: *looks at Eleanor* *happy*

Rupert: *happy and enthused* Can I come too?

Jim: *extreme disgruntlement*


This is either going to go really well or REALLY BADLY. And Jimmy is going to be INSUFFERABLE if he’s ‘right’.

Big red flag that there’s more going on with the ‘racism’ aspect of Wonderland than we’re being told: Eleanor has no family, grown up alone, yet has learned to speak the local language, and eloquently at that. Who taught her this, and what happened to them?

It’s sounding more and more like Lewis Carroll was a complete bastard and his ‘mistranslations’ of Wonderland culture happened to catch on.

Whatever the truth is, there’s a nasty undercurrent beneath the whimsical exterior that’s dragging folks into it, probably being intensely exacerbated by Wonderland’s unique nature. At a guess, it’s a world in which the overabundance of magic is highly susceptible to imagination. So if a darker bent to that imagination starts to take root…

Wouldn’t be surprised if it was in fashion that there’ll some contradictory shenanigans about to come about.

Like you don’t talk to monsters, so nobody has actually talked to them, but if one talks to you it’s only polite to answer. And that you don’t invite them in or around your dwellings but if one has already come about being inside your home, you might as well treat it all the same.

I’m wondering where monsters come from.

Was Eleanor born to parents like herself, or was she born to normal Wonderlanders and abandoned when they thought she could care for herself (or they just didn’t care enough to keep her?) Is that where she learned language? I’d love to know if she can read or not– it’d be a pretty telling point as to what age she might’ve been dumped. She says she’s never seen inside a house before… I have to wonder what she was raised in, a pen? The idea of parents of any species abandoning a child in the wilderness is horrific; humans have done that too with unwanted children– we have fairytales about that, don’t we? And the practice of exposing babies with deformities to the elements is very, very old.

At the beginning of this part, Roald went on and on about the effects of magic on Wonderland’s inhabitants– kind of like radiation or pollution. So I’m wondering if Eleanor and others like her are the results of that magic? And if that’s so, how many children like her have been left crying in the woods?

If the bandersnatches are the bugbears of Wonderland it could also be that like the bugbears they are solitary by nature, so the parents raise the child but as soon as the child is able to live on its own the parents go their own way.

Checking on this. If I understand correctly any Mythical that doesn’t have a medallion is a Monster.

In that case if a Mythical /loses/ his medallion does he [become a Monster]?

No, they are Monsters if their species doesn’t have medallions. Some species can shift on their own like the buggane and it seems that they aren’t considered monsters either. So it’s no medallion for the species and no ability to shift.

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