Lewis Carroll on mapping over the territory

"Alice Through the Looking Glass" by Jeanne Argent at Guildford CastleImage credit: Chaz Folkes

"Alice Through the Looking Glass" by Jeanne Argent at Guildford Castle
Image credit: Chaz Folkes

“What a useful thing a pocket-map is!” I remarked.

“That’s another thing we’ve learned from your Nation,” said Mein Herr, “map-making. But we’ve carried it much further than you. What do you consider the largest map that would be really useful?”

“About six inches to the mile.”

Only six inches!” exclaimed Mein Herr. “We very soon got to six yards to the mile. Then we tried a hundred yards to the mile. And then came the grandest idea of all! We actually made a map of the country, on the scale of a mile to the mile!

“Have you used it much?” I enquired.

“It has never been spread out, yet,” said Mein Herr: “the farmers objected: they said it would cover the whole country, and shut out the sunlight! So we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well.”
Lewis Carroll in Sylvie and Bruno Concluded, p. 169.

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"What a useful thing a pocket-map is!"
Lewis Carroll Posted on behalf of Lewis Carroll on Thursday, December 17th, 2009 under Quotations.

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