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The Gryphon’s Confusing Language by Katie R
November 16, 2009, 5:27 pm
Filed under: Katie

At one point in Alice’s journey, she comes across a strange creature known as a Gryphon. The Gryphon brings up an unusual topic of conversation. He tells Alice, “What fun!” This is where the Gryphon is talking half to himself and half to Alice. He is telling her that the “fun” is the Queen. Alice is rather puzzled at this point, wondering why the Queen is the “fun”. As they get deeper into conversation, the Gryphon tells her, “It’s all her fancy, that: they never executes nobody, you know. Come on!”

You may notice that the word “nobody” is in italics. Doesn’t it seem rather confusing that the Gryphon doesn’t just say that they never execute anybody? This is sort of a multiple negative in a way. Some may think that he is supposed to say anybody instead of nobody. I am sort of confused at this myself. It seems rather strange off the Gryphon to point this out. Immediately after the Gryphon says this to Alice, she immediately seems offended. She was thinking that the Gryphon was acting like the boss of her and doesn’t like being ordered around.

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When he says “What fun!” he means it’s all very fascinating to observe how she threatens to behead people and all, but no one ever gets executed. The “nobody’ is to say that no one. It just make it sound more like the ‘mad’ Gryphon’s speach pattern. Plus ‘nobody’ could be playing off of no ‘body’ is executed, and if anyone is killed it by beheading with severes the head from the body. meaning a person is executed not a ‘body’. She becomes offended slightly because he says “come on” and is very brisk and quick to order her about.

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