I tried hard to take these episodes at face value and not worry about whether Carroll (Dodgson) was working on some sort of a political send-up, conducting a serious experiment with language, or had some kind of unnatural obsession with children. I kept firmly in mind that it was all good fun and nothing more. Which is easy to do with lines like these:
What does one learn in school? Why, "Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with, and then the different branches of arithmetic -- Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision."
How about a riddle? "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" (Don't hold your breath; no one knows the answer, at least not in Wonderland.)
Want to sing something now? "Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you're at! Up above the world you fly, like a tea tray in the sky."
I'm even laughing as I type these silly things. The good stuff never gets old.