Sejak diterbitkan pertama kali pada 1865, Alice dalam kisah Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland karya Lewis Carrol telah menjadi karakter paling disukai anak-anak di seluruh dunia.
Baca juga: Lewis Carrol Si Pencipta Dunia Ajaib.
Berikut ini kisah pendek Alice hasil ilustrasi Sir John Tenniel, ilustrator dalam buku Complete Alice dalam rangka 150 tahun Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland terbitan Macmillan 2015.
“… this time she found a little bottle on it (‘which certainly was not here before,’ said Alice), and tied round the neck of the bottle was a paper label with the words ‘DRINK ME’ beautifully printed on it in large letters.”
They all crowded round her once more, while the Dodo solemnly presented the thimble, saying ‘We beg your acceptance of this elegant thimble’.”
“ ‘Very true,” said the Duchess: ‘flamingoes and mustard both bite. And the moral of that is – ‘birds of a feather flock together.’ ‘Only mustard isn’t a bird,’ Alice remarked.”
“‘Who is this?’ She said it to the Knave of Hearts, who only bowed and smiled in reply. ‘Idiot!’ said the Queen, tossing her head impatiently; and turning to Alice she went on: ‘What is your name, child?’ ‘My name is Alice, so please your Majesty,’ said Alice very politely”
“After a time she heard a little pattering of feet in the distance, and she hastily dried her eyes to see what was coming. It was the white rabbit returning, splendidly dressed, with a pair of white kid-gloves in one hand and a large fan in the other: as he came trotting along in a great hurry”
“The King and QUeen of Hearts were seated on their throne when they arrived, with a great crowd assembled about them – all sorts of little birds and beasts, as well as the whole pack of cards: the Knave was standing before them, in chains, with a soldier on each side to guard him; and the near the King was the White Rabbit, with a trumpet in one hand, and a scroll of parchment in the other”
“The Queen of Hearts, she made some tarts,
All on a summer day:
The Knave of Hearts, he stole those tars
And took them right away”
“Cheshire-Puss,” she began quite timidly, as she did not at all know whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little wider”
“When we were little,” the Mock Turtle went on at last, more calmly, though still sobbing a little now and then, “we went to school in the sea. The master was an old Turtle – we used to call him tortoise –” Why dild you call him tortoise, if he wasn’t one?” Alice asked. “We called him Tortoise because he taught us,” said the Mock Turtle angrily”
Seluruh ilustrasi di atas diterbitkan dalam Complete Alice berisi tiga cerita Alice dalam rangka 150 tahun kisah Alice in The Wonderland. Diberi kata pengantar oleh Philip Pullman yang terkenal sebagai penulis cerita fantasi.