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    Question March Hare

    In "Alice in Wonderland", is there any wordplay or symbolism in "March Hare"?

    I mean would it have been different if Lewis Carol called it January Hare?

    Why March Hare? Does it have anything to do with the Easter? Or with marching (walking)?

    Or is it just a random name?

    Thanks :)

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    Default Re: March Hare

    I think any animal behaves itself a bit differently from his usual way in March (do you remember cats mewing like mad in March?). As I view it, March Hare is associated with strange abnormal behaviour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducklet Cat View Post
    In "Alice in Wonderland", is there any wordplay or symbolism in "March Hare"?

    I mean would it have been different if Lewis Carol called it January Hare?

    Why March Hare? Does it have anything to do with the Easter? Or with marching (walking)?

    Or is it just a random name?

    Thanks :)
    There is a saying in English "Mad as a March hare" which refers to the lively behaviour of hares in March.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 21-Sep-2010 at 09:30.

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    Default Re: March Hare

    Is March their mating season?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Is March their mating season?

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    I'm not sure, but it probably is.

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    Default Re: March Hare

    More or less. Because of the difference between the Julian and Gregorian calendars many sayings are 11 days out! The saying 'Cast not a clout till May be out' could refer either to 31 May or to 11 June, or indeed to hawthorn blossom.

    As bhaisahab said, we have the expression 'Mad as a March Hare'. 'Mad as an early-April Hare hasn't got the same alliterative force!

    Males 'box' each other, standing on two legs.

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    Default Re: March Hare

    Thanks!
    I've read the proverb "mad as March hare" before, but I've thought it was coined after Alice in Wonderland.


    Males 'box' each other, standing on two legs.
    They do?!

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    Default Re: March Hare

    YouTube - HARES BOXING - They're not very good at the 'standing up' part!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    YouTube - HARES BOXING - They're not very good at the 'standing up' part!

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    Mike Tyson could have a full meal in this kind of boxing!

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    Default Re: March Hare

    I've never seen that before.

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