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Tortoise is a minor character in Alice in Wonderland. He dose not appear, only metioned. He is mentioned by the Mock Turtle when he is talking about his childhood. Tortoise is Mock Turtle's Teacher. When Alice asks why he is called Tortoise if he's a Turtle the Mock Turtle replise, "We called him Tortoise because he Taught us!". This was a very clever play on Words.

LessonsEdit

According to the Mock Turtle Tortoise taught the Fish Reeling, Writhing, Uglification, Ambition, Distraction, Derision, French, Music and Washing. Also, the lessons lessened every day. The first day was 10 hours, the second was 9 Hours, the third 8 hour and so on. The eleventh day was a holiday.

The Lobster QuadrilleEdit

Tortoise also taught the fish a game called the Lobster Quadrille. A sort of strange song. The Mock Turtle recites the poem in the Chapter The Lobster Quadrille


"Will you walk a little faster?"
Said a whiting to a snail,
"There's a porpoise close behind us,
Treading on my tail."
See how eagerly the lobsters
And the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on the shingle -
Will you come and join the dance?
So, will you, won't you, won't you,
Will you, won't you join the dance?
Will you, won't you, will you,
Won't you, won't you join the dance?
"You can really have no notion
How delightful it will be
When they take us up and throw us,
With the lobsters, out to sea!"
But the snail replied, "Too far, too far!"
And gave a look askance -
Said he thanked the whiting kindly,
But he would not join the dance.
So, would not, could not, would not,
Could not, would not join the dance.
Would not, could not, would not,
Could not, could not join the dance.
"What matters it how far we go?"
His scaly friend replied,
"There is another shore, you know,
Upon the other side.
The further off from England
The nearer is to France -
Then turn not pale, beloved snail,
But come and join the dance.
Will you, won't you, will you,
Won't you, will you join the dance?
Will you, won't you, won't you,
Will you, won't you join the dance?
Will you, won't you, will you,
Won't you, won't you join the dance?
Will you, won't you, will you,
Won't you, won't you join the dance

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