I did a surprising number of the things on yesterday’s list, but the high points of the day were seeing “Alice through the Looking Glass” with #1 son and his family, and “A Night at the Opera” with La Bella.

The movie had nothing in common with the Lewis Carol book, which bothered none of the others because they’d never read the book.

I went immediately afterward and bought them a copy. It is waiting here with the Little Girl’s quilt, which I forgot to take to them.

The opera excerpts show was up in the Next County, and La Bella and I sat with a couple of favorite fellow musicians. It was very enjoyable. Some of the pieces:

It struck me that the movie was technically excellent and visually stunning, but lacked both true connection with the classic work and real substance. The story made up to go with the title was meager and internally illogical.

But the opera, with a stage set made of pallets and an amateur orchestra, was both faithful to the classic works and filled with authentic spirit.

Do you remember the knitting scene in Through the Looking Glass?

She was in a little dark shop, leaning with her elbows on the counter, and opposite to her was an old Sheep, sitting in an arm-chair, knitting, and every now and then leaving off to look at her through a great pair of spectacles…

She was now working with fourteen pairs at once, and Alice couldn’t help looking at her in great astonishment.

‘How can she knit with so many?’ the puzzled child thought to herself. ‘She gets more and more like a porcupine every minute!’

‘Can you row?’ the Sheep asked, handing her a pair of knitting-needles as she spoke.

‘Yes, a little — but not on land — and not with needles —’ Alice was beginning to say, when suddenly the needles turned into oars in her hands, and she found they were in a little boat, gliding along between banks: so there was nothing for it but to do her best.

‘Feather!’ cried the Sheep, as she took up another pair of needles…

#1 son suggested that Through the Looking Glass might not be suited to movie making, and he could be right.