Since not everyone has read Alice in Wonderland or Little Women, and some were wondering about the references in my challenge here is a brief list:
1)Like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, Heyes takes out his pocket watch, and there is a reference to the company being late. In the book the rabbit is late. This is only a device to start the story as the White Rabbit starts the adventure in Alice when she decides to follow him. Heyes is not the White Rabbit. The first clue to which character Heyes represents is the yawn(well, it is his dream and he is tired).
2)Now, Heyes and the Kid are at the Mad Tea Party.
3) Treacle is from Alice in Wonderland, Tea Party Chapter. The sleepy character tells a story about a treacle well.
4)Harry Briscoe is also at the table.
5) The first girl approaches. She is Jo March from Little Women, angular and clumsy. She is a tom-boy in the book, and is referred to as a fellow by Laurie, the boy next door.
6) The second girl is the eldest March sister, Meg. Meg is very pretty, and wishes for pretty clothing. She has memories of being rich before their father lost his money. In the book she allows some friends to dress her up for a dance, and later wishes she had remained in her sensible clothing. Hence, the stout comfortable boots, which she wished she had worn instead of high heels.
7)Jo's arm stretches from one end of the table to the other. Reference to Alice who changes size throughout Alice in Wonderland.
8)Amy is the youngest March girl. She is also pretty with blonde curls, but wishes she had a more aristocratic nose. She actually puts clothspins on it at night in an attempt to reshape it. She is very neat, and tries to be fashionable. She tries attempts to impress her wealthier friends with a luncheon party, and plans to serve lobster. It all goes wrong, and Laurie buys her a coral lobster charm later.
9) During the tea party the company does move along the table to new plates.
10) Beth March is a homebody who mothers old dolls, and has kitties and birds. She is the most unassuming and kindest of the girls.
11)The Kid turns into the March Hare. Crossing the brook is a reference to Through the Looking Glass. When Alice crosses streams and brooks she moves from one chess square to the next in Looking Glass. Then the scene around her changes. Since all the movies mix up the two books, I decided to as well.
12) Marmee is the mother of the March girls. The book begins just before Christmas with the girls wishing they would get presents. They decide to buy presents for their mother instead with what little money they have.
13)Alice picks up a crying baby that turns into a pig. Beth has a pig that turns into the Cheshire Cat. It is believed that Lewis Carroll was inspired by cheese from Cheshire(shaped like cats heads) to create the Chershire Cat.)
14)Harry is the Mad Hatter. The paper in his hat is like the ticket in the Mad Hatter's hat.
15)Heyes now mentions treacle poker. He is the dormouse. Alice in Wonderland deals (pun intented) with cards.
16)Beth mentions her dead bird. It dies when the girls decide to take a week off all work, and she forgets to feed it.
17) The Queen of Hearts is always calling for characters' heads to be cut off. At the end of Alice in Wonderland, Alice grows in size dramatically.
18)At the end of the Tea Party chapter the March Hare and the Mad Hatter are trying to stuff the dormouse into a teapot.
Hopefully I didn't make any goofs as I wrote the challenge from memory and didn't look at either book while writing.
_________________I read part of it all the way through. Samuel Goldwyn