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Rabbithole

Description

The Rabbit Hole is a portal of sorts between the English countryside and the magical world of Wonderland in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. In Carroll's story, Alice follows the White Rabbit through the rabbit hole and falls into a tunnel, leading to an entry hall with many locked doors.

In Beyond the Kingdoms, Alex, Conner, the Tin Woodman, Peter Pan, Mother Goose, and Lester travel into the story in order to stop the Masked Man. While Alice is arguing with her sister, they follow the White Rabbit through the hole.

The Rabbit Hole

The Rabbit Hole can be found under a hedge near the valley where the Masked Man "parked" the Jolly Roger. It leads to a very long dirt tunnel with bookcases and cupboards placed along the walls. Mother Goose uses her magic to speed things up and propel them through the tunnel, blocking the entry to the rabbit hole with book cases and debris.

The Entry Hall

The tunnel leads to a low and long hall. The walls are lined with doors "of all shapes, sizes and colors- there wasn't a single doorknob that was alike"[1]. All the doors are locked. Alex goes to a curtain at the back of the hall that has a tiny door behind it. Through the keyhole, she can see the beautiful garden of Wonderland. The door is also locked, and it appears that the Masked Man has already used (and taken) the golden key. The Tin Woodman simply kicks the door open, but they still need to shrink themselves in order to fit through.

In Alice in Wonderland, Alice uses a shrinking potion from a bottle labelled "DRINK ME", but when Alex wants to do the same, Peter Pan quickly stops her, having recognised the bottle as poison from Captain Hook's ship. The Masked Man clearly counted on them knowing the story and trying to follow Alice's actions from the book. Alex uses her magic to shrink everyone instead and they enter Wonderland.

References

  1. TLOS IV, ch 19, p. 249

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