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A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

Transcriber's note

Minor punctuation errors have been changed without notice. Printer errors have been changed and are listed at the end. All other inconsistencies are as in the original.

In this version the square root symbol is indicated by [** sqrt], the superscript by ^, and the therefore symbol by [** therefore].

A TANGLED TALE

[Decoration]

[Illustration: "AT A PACE OF SIX MILES IN THE HOUR."

_Frontispiece._]

A TANGLED TALE

BY

LEWIS CARROLL

_WITH SIX ILLUSTRATIONS_

BY

ARTHUR B. FROST

Hoc meum tale quale est accipe.

_SECOND THOUSAND._

London MACMILLAN AND CO. 1885

[_All Rights Reserved_]

RICHARD CLAY & SONS, BREAD STREET HILL, LONDON, E.C.

_And Bungay, Suffolk_.

To My Pupil.

Beloved pupil! Tamed by thee, Addish-, Subtrac-, Multiplica-tion, Division, Fractions, Rule of Three, Attest thy deft manipulation!

Then onward! Let the voice of Fame From Age to Age repeat thy story, Till thou hast won thyself a name Exceeding even Euclid's glory!

PREFACE.

This Tale originally appeared as a serial in _The Monthly Packet_, beginning in April, 1880. The writer's intention was to embody in each Knot (like the medicine so dexterously, but ineffectually, concealed in the jam of our early childhood) one or more mathematical questions--in Arithmetic, Algebra, or Geometry, as the case might be--for the amusement, and possible edification, of the fair readers of that Magazine.

L. C.

_October, 1885._

CONTENTS.

KNOT PAGE

I. EXCELSIOR 1

II. ELIGIBLE APARTMENTS 4

III. MAD MATHESIS 13

IV. THE DEAD RECKONING 19

V. OUGHTS AND CROSSES 27

VI. HER RADIANCY 34

VII. PETTY CASH 43

VIII. DE OMNIBUS REBUS 52


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