If there ever was a quintessential time-space traveller in English literature that was Alice. Her features give us the best excuse for presenting today’s reality from a foreigner point of view… and that’s just what we did: send her to the Children Section of our library in 2015!
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ALICE IN OUR LAND
(Click here to download the PDF file: Alice in our Land – Luciana Serra )
Alice is sleeping on the floor. She wakes up, rubs her eyes.
ALICE: Ohhhh [yawning] I must have slept for ages! I had this very weird dream… of falling through a rabbit hole! And there was a white rabbit with a pocket watch, too. And a crazy cat… I’m sooo tired… I feel as if I had been running all night! But… wait a minute… [She looks around] What is this place? Where am I? What a whole lot of books!!! [She looks up to the ceiling lamps] This is strange indeed… I must be dreaming again! [A phone rings right next to her. A librarian picks it up] Wooowwww!!! What’s that sound?
LIBRARIAN: Love? Yeah… listen, I can’t talk now, I’m at work. Yeah, OK. [She hangs the phone]
ALICE: [To the public] …Was she talking to that thing? [Now, to the Librarian] Hello!
LIBRARIAN: Good morning, darling!
ALICE: Can you make it play again?
LIBRARIAN: Ohhh… what do you mean?
ALICE: The little box, can you make it play again?
LIBRARIAN: This? The phone?
ALICE: What happens if I talk to it? [She now speaks to the wrong side of the phone] Heee-lloooo! [looks puzzled] “Dear, dear! How queer everything is today! I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night…”
LIBRARIAN: [Looking at her suspiciously] How old are you? [The phone rings again] It’s my son, you can speak to him, if you want. [She picks up the phone and passes it on to Alice]
ALICE: Hello? [the Librarian helps her setting the phone in the right position] This is Alice, what’s your name?… Hello, Hegoi… and… how did you get in there?… there, inside this little box? Did you drink from the “Drink Me” bottle, too?… Your mum? She’s here, hold on… [passes the phone to the Librarian] (more…)