The Annotated Snark: The Full Text of Lewis Carroll's Great Nonsense Epic The Hunting of the Snark

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Fit the Second
THE BELLMAN'S SPEECH

THE Bellman himself they all praised to the skies --
Such a carriage, such ease and such grace!
Such solemnity too! One could see he was wise,
The moment one looked in his face!

He had bought a large map representing the sea,
Without the least vestige of land:
And the crew were much pleased when they found it to be
A map they could all understand.

"What's the good of Mercator's20 North Poles and Equators,
Tropics, Zones, and Meridian Lines?"
So the Bellman would cry: and the crew would reply,
"They are merely conventional signs!

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20
Gerhardus Mercator, sixteenth-century Flemish mathematician and cartographer. He devised the method, known as "Mercator's projection," of projecting a spherical map of the earth on a flat rectangle so that the parallels and meridians become straight lines, and the poles become the rectangle's top and bottom edges.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Acknowledgments 4
  • Contents 9
  • Introduction 11
  • The Hunting of the Snark 27
  • Preface 33
  • The Hunting of the Snark - An Agony, in Eight Fits 35
  • Fit the First: - The Landing 37
  • Fit the Second: - The Bellman's Speech 47
  • Fit the Third: - The Baker's Tale 54
  • Fit the Fourth: - The Hunting 59
  • Fit the Fifth: - The Beaver's Lesson 65
  • Fit the Sixth: - The Barrister's Dream 75
  • Fit the Seventh: - The Banker's Fate 81
  • Fit the Eighth: - The Vanishing 85
  • Bibliography 91
  • Appendix 96
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