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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

by Lewis Carroll

Identity Quotes

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Quote #10

"I shouldn't know you again if we did meet," Humpty Dumpty replied in a discontented tone, giving her one of his fingers to shake: "you're so exactly like other people."

"The face is what one goes by, generally," Alice remarked in a thoughtful tone.

"That's just what I complain of," said Humpty Dumpty. "Your face is the same as everybody has – the two eyes, so – " (marking their places in the air with his thumb) "nose in the middle, mouth under. It's always the same. Now if you had the two eyes on the same side of the nose, for instance – or the mouth at the top – that would be some help." (Looking-Glass 6.111-113)

To us as readers, Alice seems individual, but to Humpty Dumpy she's "exactly like other people." Our uniqueness depends on how detailed our definitions of identity are. Alice may have two eyes on top, a nose in the middle, and a mouth underneath, but surely the specific color of her eyes or shape of her nostrils is distinctive.

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