- Lewis Carroll, Through The Looking Glass
This passage is after Alice meets the fawn in the woods, both have lost their identities/names. Coming out into the daylight of consciousness, they are once again confined in their individual selves, both a delight and a prison. The connection of language to consciousness is so close as to seem inseparable at times, that is, the ability to manipulate reality by (believing one is) standing outside it is intrinsic to both. And then, there is always a longing to return to the woods, where things are in their undefined, inchoate fullness. As documented in the R.E.M. song Radio Free Europe. Even those who aren't big fans are respectfully requested to look at this early one, which was partly filmed in Howard Finster's Paradise Gardens and features an appearance by the man himself at the very end.