Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Of Cheshire Cats

“I wish you wouldn’t keep appearing and vanishing so suddenly; you make one quite giddy!”
“All right,” said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone.

“Well! I’ve often seen a cat without a grin,” thought Alice; “but a grin without a cat! It’s the most curious thing I ever saw in all my life!

- Lewis Carroll
'Alice's Adventures In Wonderland'

I have known many Cheshire Cats. Those characters who disappear before your very eyes, until all you are left with is a smile. Sometimes they reappear just as mysteriously as they vanished... and if not, well, perhaps a smile is not such a bad thing to be left with?

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