“I can’t go back to yesterday – because I was a different person then.”*

*from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll (1865).

From: Rosebery – Statesman in Turmoil (2005), by Leo McKinstry:

“…One of the Christ Church Fellows was the Reverend Charles Dodgson, a mathematics lecturer and today more famous as Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland, written for Dean Liddell’s daughter Alice. At the time of his differences with Dalmeny (Archibald became Lord Dalmeny on the death of his father in 1851), Dodgson already had reason to be suspicious of him. He had once seen Dalmeny drive a dog-cart recklessly through Oxford and crash into another vehicle, a collision which sent him and his passenger, Prince Hassan of Egypt, tumbling to the ground. Soon afterwards, in May 1867, Dalmeny, again in his carriage, saw Dodgson in the street and offered him a lift. Dodgson responded Biblically, ‘Intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian?’ (Exodus 2:14)

Dodgson’s sense of humour deserted him, however, when Dalmeny failed to attend one of his lectures…

…Eventually a compromise was reached, by which Dalmeny agreed to future attendance in addition to writing out ‘the last six propositions of the second book of Euclid’. But just as he had demonstrated in his struggle with his mother over leaving Eton, Dalmeny was not a man who easily forgave: one of his most negative characteristics was his enthusiasm for harbouring grudges. Always quick to take offence, keenly aware of his own dignity, he littered his life with feuds and estrangements, often quite obscure in their origin. In the case of Dodgson, for almost thirty years Rosebery refused to speak to him, and avoided reading Alice in Wonderland. It was not until November 1893 that the rift was healed, and Rosebery finally agreed to accept a copy of the book from Dodgson. ‘I am proud of you as a Christ Church man and I hope we are now reconciled,’ said Dodgson.”

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