Lineation as Aide-memoire

From Alice’s encounter with the Duchess (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Chapter 9)

I quite agree with you,” said the Duchess; “and the moral of that is — ‘Be what you would seem to be’ — or if you’d like it put more simply – ‘Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.'”

“I think I should understand that better,” Alice said very politely, “if I had it written down: but I can’t quite follow it as you say it.”

“That’s nothing to what I could say if I chose,” the Duchess replied, in a pleased tone.

“Pray don’t trouble yourself to say it any longer than that,” said Alice.

On the page there it is in writing. But in a movie you may only have the passing sound.

Still from the movie (1933). Duchess played by Alison Skipworth.

1933 movie - Alice in Wonderland - Duchess played by Alison Skipworth

Alison Skipworth as the Duchess

And a script !!

Duchess: How glad I am to see you
again, you dear old thing.
How did you like
your game?

Alice: Well, it was very exciting.

Duchess: Of course it is.

And the moral of that is,
“Be what you
would like to be.”
Or, to put it more simply, “Never
imagine yourself not to be otherwise
than what it might appear to others
that what you were or might have been
wasn’t otherwise
than what you had been
would have appeared
to them to be otherwise.”

Alice: I should understand that
better if it were written down.
I can’t quite follow it
as you say it.

Duchess: That’s nothing to what
I could say, if I chose.
And the moral
of that is…
It’s a fine day,
Your Majesty.

So it appears otherwise…

And so for day 2493
10.10.2013

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