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For the Snark was a Boojum, you see.
"The Hunting of the Snark (An Agony in 8 Fits)" is a Narrative Poem by Lewis Carroll, telling the story of a group of unnamed adventurers as they search for the elusive Snark, a vaguely-described creature which lives on a remote island.
Worth noting is how the poem was constructed - the page quote is the last line, which was the first line that Carroll thought of. The rest of the poem was made to build up to it.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Most of the characters.
- For Doom the Bell Tolls: As well as several mentions in the text, it's notable that the Bellman's bell is in every single illustration.
- Hey, You: Played with, due to the Baker having forgotten his own name:
He would answer to "Hi!" or to any loud cry,To "What-you-may-call-um!" or "What-was-his-name!"
Such as "Fry me!" or "Fritter my wig!"
—But especially "Thing-um-a-jig!"
- This also leads to an I Have Many Names:
His intimate friends called him "Candle-ends,"—And his enemies "Toasted-cheese."
- Incredibly Lame Pun: From the Bellman
The Bellman perceived that their spirits were low,Some jokes he had kept for a season of woe—
And repeated in musical tone
—But the crew would do nothing but groan.
"Just the place for a Snark!" the Bellman cried,Supporting each man on the top of the tide
As he landed his crew with care;
—By a finger entwined in his hair.
"Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:
That alone should encourage the crew.
—What I tell you three times is true."