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

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Fit the Seventh
THE BANKER'S FATE

THEY sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care;
They pursued it with forks and hope;
They threatened its life with a railway-share;
They charmed it with smiles and soap.

And the Banker, inspired with a courage so new
It was matter for general remark,
Rushed madly ahead and was lost to their view
In his zeal to discover the Snark.

But while he was seeking with thimbles and care,
A Bandersnatch55 swiftly drew nigh
And grabbed at the Banker, who shrieked in despair,
For he knew it was useless to fly.

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The second stanza of "Jabberwocky" refers to "the frumious Bandersnatch," and the White King (Chapter 7 of Through the Looking-Glass) also speaks of the beast. Eric Partridge thinks the word may combine a suggestion of the animal's snatching proclivities with either bandog (a ferocious watch-dog) or bandar (Hindu-stani for rhesus monkey).

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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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