'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
  Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
  And the mome raths outgrabe.

And so concludes the verse "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll. A piece of nonsense verse embedded in a nonsense work, it resembles the "real world" about as much as a computer program does. Which is perhaps why Lewis Carroll is so popular among computer programmers.

And, before you ask, the chapter structure of this book was worked out well before the fit of the verse was noticed. Right.

Questions to Probe Your Understanding

What parts of "Jabberwocky" fit particularly well with the chapters that they lead off? Particularly poorly? (Easy -- or is it?)

Copyright 1999 by Craig A. Finseth.

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