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His last words (Posted on 2017-06-02) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Lewis Carroll sent this poem to Mabel and Emily Kerr
on May 20, 1871.
He titled it “A Double Acrostic” — but where is the acrostic?

Thanks, thanks, fair Cousins, for your gift
So swiftly borne to Albion’s isle —
Though angry waves their crests uplift
Between our shores, for many a league!

“So far, so good,” you say: “but how Your Cousins?”
Let me tell you, Madam.
We’re both descended, you’ll allow,
From one great-great-great-grandsire, Noah.

Your picture shall adorn the book
That’s bound, so neatly and moroccoly,
With that bright green which every cook
Delights to see in beds of cauliflower.

The carte is very good, but pray
Send me the larger one as well!
“A cool request!” I hear you say.
“Give him an inch, he takes an acre!

“But we’ll be generous because
We well remember, in the story,
How good and gentle Alice was,
The day she argued with the Parrot!”

  Submitted by Ady TZIDON    
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The last word in each stanza is a red herring. Replace each with the proper rhyme and then list these five words:
Mile, Adam, Broccoli, Ell, Lory
Their first and last letters spell MABEL and EMILY. Emily and Mabel Kerr were two young girls living in Canada who sent their photograph to Dodgson.(a.k.a. Lewis Caroll).
He replied with this double acrostic based on the girls' first names.

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  Subject Author Date
SolutionThanks, I needed that hint (spoiler)Steve Herman2017-06-06 21:07:21
Hints/Tips A hintAdy TZIDON2017-06-06 18:48:11
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