Alice's Adventures in Wonderland "Soup Of The Evening, Beautiful Soup!"
by Lewis Carroll

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"Soup Of The Evening, Beautiful Soup!"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

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Context: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a professor of mathematics at Oxford University, is remembered mainly as Lewis Carroll, the author of fantasies for children revolving around his young friend, Alice Liddell. In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the little heroine, becoming bored while her sister reads a book, chases a White Rabbit and trips, falling into the rabbit hole, which leads her to a magical land in which she has many strange adventures. Alice, after joining in the big social event of the land, a croquet match with the company at the palace of the Queen of Hearts, is advised by the Queen to hear the history of the sad Mock Turtle. The Mock Turtle and the Gryphon tell Alice of the tutelary practices of the sea and of the dances that are popular. Finally Alice and the Gryphon prevail upon the Mock Turtle to sing the song "Turtle Soup." Choked with sobs, the Mock Turtle sings:

"Beautiful Soup, so rich and green,Waiting in a hot tureen!Who for such dainties would not stoop?Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!