Mad As A Hatter

This is my favorite novel for when I was growing up and I still love it today. I've seen and all the film adaptions and I love them all. Except for the foreign one. The Mad Hatter is my favorite fictional character ever, he is so literal and mad at the same time. I find that Lewis Carroll did a great job for writing such a great story.

P. S.

The term Mad as a Hatter derived back to the old hat makers and they would use Mercury for the hats, I think it was to dye them, so when they would wear the hats it would dye their hair and they would inhale the fumes and go mad.
revolution77 revolution77
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2 Responses Mar 11, 2011

ps here from wikipedia<br />
Mercury was used in the process of curing pelts used in some hats, making it impossible for hatters to avoid inhaling the mercury fumes given off during the hat making process; hatters and mill workers thus often suffered mercury poisoning, causing neurological damage, including confused speech and distorted vision. Hat making was the main trade in Stockport, near where Carroll grew up, and it was not unusual then for hatters to appear disturbed or confused; many died early as a result of mercury poisoning. However, the Hatter does not exhibit the symptoms of mercury poisoning, which include "excessive timidity, diffidence, increasing shyness, loss of self-confidence, anxiety, and a desire to remain unobserved and unobtrusive." The Hatter and the March Hare are initially referred to as "both mad" by the Cheshire Cat, and both first appear in the seventh chapter of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which is titled "A Mad Tea-Party".<br />
:)

Hi revolution77<br />
That is right about mercury being used in hat making and the fumes poisoning the workers during manufacture.<br />
I think what is most amazing about this work is that it was the first ever written. Amazing to have the imagination to create this alternative reality where all social and physical rules re broken and even where logic is laughed at. It was most revolutionary at a time which was reactionary and even now is amazing.<br />
Best wishes<br />
:)