I’m not finished with Chapter IV yet; there is still work to be done, but I wanted to say that Project Carroll Chapter V – Advice from a Caterpillar will be a bit shorter than it is in the book. Well, significantly shorter.
I am removing the encounter with The Pigeon at the end of the chapter (though it has a great line of dialogue: “‘I-I’m a little girl,’ said Alice, rather doubtfully, as she remembered the number of changes she had gone through, that day.”) This is the only cut I will make to Project Carroll because of several reasons:
It is my least favorite part of the Alice books. It disturbs me because of how Alice grows and shrinks; i.e., that she stretches or shortens first, then shifts to a proportionate change in size. It disturbs me because the whole reason the Pigeon accuses her of being a serpent is that her neck stretches so long that she essentially is a serpent with a human head from the shoulders up.
Because of this, I really, really do not want to illustrate it. It is the only part of the books I might dread illustrating; I don’t want it visualized outside of my head. Furthermore, I think it detracts from the pacing of the story (or lack thereof), and is somewhat redundant.
I will still record the complete audio for the Chapter, complete with the Pigeon scene, but I will not illustrate it and release it instead as an outtake on the Project Carroll YouTube Channel. I’ll make a single illustration for that video: one of the Pigeon talking to Alice, but nothing more.
I did not arrive at this decision lightly and it pains me to cut something from Alice’s Adventures, but I promise I will make up for it come the Through the Looking-Glass portion of the Project. I don’t want to give anything away, but I’ll say that Chapter VIII of Through the Looking-Glass will be a bit longer than in some versions of the story and it will be well worth the loss of the Pigeon scene.