Carpenter, Through the Looking-Glass (fretwork figure)

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Carpenter, Through the Looking-Glass (fretwork figure)

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Arch Two , Area 58
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A jointed wooden figure of "The Carpenter", from the poem "The Walrus and The Carpenter" which appears in "Through the Looking-Glass" (the sequel to Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland")


The figure was created in Lord Robert's Workshops, and is jointed to have moving arms and legs.

About the character

Appearing in a poem recited by Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee alongside Walrus, the character lures some oysters away from the home with high promises and then devours them. The kind-hearted Alice attempts to see a happy some redeeming feature in either character but ultimately concludes, "Well! They were both very unpleasant characters — ".

Attempts to analyse the character of The Carpenter are ultimately defeated by the fact that when giving instructions to Teniel for illustrating the poem, Carroll gave him a list of characters to choose from with the same number of syllables, and just let him choose which one he would prefer to draw.