A startling flight of imagination finds three sickly sisters at the bottom of a treacle well in the run up to the March Hare and the Mad Hatter stuffing the Dormouse in the teapot…
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Tell us a story, said the March Hare.
Yes. Please do, pleaded Alice.
And be quick about it,” said the Hatter, or you’ll be asleep again before it’s done.
Once upon a time there were three little sisters, the Dormouse began in a great hurry, and their names were Elsie, Lacie and Tillie; and they lived at the bottom of a well.
What did they live on, said Alice who always took a great interest in questions of eating and drinking.
They lived on treacle, said the Dormouse after thinking a minute or two.
They coudn’t have done that you know, Alice gently remarked, they’d have been ill.
So they were, said the Dormouse, very ill.