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    Question Alice and the telescope

    I read in "Alice in Wonderland":

    "What a curious feeling!' said Alice; 'I must be shutting up like a telescope."
    "Now I'm opening out like the largest telescope that ever was"

    What does she means about a telescoping opening and shutting up? I know that a telescope is used to viewing far objects.

    Thanks :)

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    Re: Alice and the telescope

    Quote Originally Posted by Ducklet Cat View Post
    I read in "Alice in Wonderland":

    "What a curious feeling!' said Alice; 'I must be shutting up like a telescope."
    "Now I'm opening out like the largest telescope that ever was"

    What does she means about a telescoping opening and shutting up? I know that a telescope is used to viewing far objects.

    Thanks :)
    Way back in the olden days, before they invented knobs, you focussed a telescope by making it longer and shorter by extending or shortening the concentric tubes.
    Hence the term "telescopic" to describe other similar mechanisms, like the forks of a motorcycle suspension.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telesco...28mechanics%29

    Here's a telescopic ladder:
    YouTube - Telescopic Ladder Demonstration by TradePlumbing
    Here's a telescopic fishing rod:
    YouTube - Fishing How To - Telescopic Pole Fishing Trip

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    Re: Alice and the telescope

    Remember, DC, it's fantasy - Alice has fallen asleep in front of the fire (or somewhere like that - I forget the details). So she's actually (in her dream) changing shape.

    b

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    Re: Alice and the telescope

    "Before they invented knobs"! Thanks for that, it will have me giggling all day!!!

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    Re: Alice and the telescope

    That's interesting, thanks Raymott for the videos. :)
    Thanks Bobk & emsr2d2.

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