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“A Game of Thrones” by George Martin

A Lannister always paid his debts.

“A Clash of Kings” by George Martin

Realm’s got more kings than a castle’s got rats.

Jefferson Airplane “White Rabbit”

One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small

Shinedown “Her Name Is Alice”

I invite you to a world where there is no such thing as time
And every creature lens themselves to change your state of mind

Hypnogaja “Looking Glass”

There's a place where the garden can take you
through the looking glass

Robert A. Heinlein “Friday”

Where can you have more fun in forty minutes with your clothes on?

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Curiouser and curiouser!

Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

— Pudding — Alice; Alice — Pudding. Remove the pudding!

William Shakespeare
from “As You Like It”

All the worldТs a stage,
And all the men and women merely players...

Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you...

Warehouse 13

This is Lewis Carroll's mirror. Alice in Wonderland. “Off with their heads”


“I don’t understand — how can you base your lack of belief in God on the writings Lewis Caroll?”

The Matrix

“If you want to know, follow the white rabbit.”

Michail Bulgakov
“Master and Margarita”

Meet the Cat

Voland makes a prediction

Yeshua’s trial

Ivan Homeless and the Master

Voland’s hospitality

Master meets Margarita

Robert Asprin
Epigraps for Myth series

I. Another Fine Myth
II. Myth Conceptions
III. Myth Directions
IV. Hit or Myth
VII. M.Y.T.H. Inc. Link
IX. M.Y.T.H. Inc. In Action

Lewis Carroll “The Walrus and the Carpenter”

“The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright —
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night…”

Alexander Alan Milne

“It rained and it rained and it rained…”

Episode from «The Matrix»



If you want to know, follow the white rabbit.


INT. ROOM 1313

Across the room, a dark figure stares out the tall windows veiled with decaying lace. He turns and his smile lights up the room.

At last.

He wears a long black coat and his eyes are invisible behind circular mirrored glasses.

He strides to Neo and they shake hands.

Welcome, Neo. As you no doubt have guessed, I am Morpheus.

It's an honor.

Please. Come. Sit. He nods to Trinity.

Thank you, Trinity.

She bows her head sharply and exits through a door to an adjacent room.

They sit across from one another in cracked, burgundy-leather chairs.

I imagine, right now, you must be feeling a bit like Alice, tumbling down the rabbit hole?

You could say that.

I can see it in your eyes. You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he is expecting to wake up.

A smile, razor-thin, curls the corner of his lips.

Ironically, this is not far from the truth. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Can you tell me, Neo, why are you here?

You're Morpheus, you're a legend. Most hackers would die to meet you.

Yes. Thank you. But I think we both know there's more to it than that. Do you believe in fate, Neo?


Why not?

Because I don't like the idea that I'm not in control of my life.

I know exactly what you mean.

Again, that smile that could cut glass.

Let me tell you why you are here. You are here because you have the gift.

What gift?

I've watched you, Neo. You do not use a computer like a tool. You use it like it was part of yourself. What you can do inside a computer is not normal. I know. I've seen it. What you do is magic.

Neo shrugs.

It's not magic.

But it is, Neo. It is. How else would you describe what has been happening to you?

He leans forward.

We are trained in this world to accept only what is rational and logical. Have you ever wondered why?

Neo shakes his head.

As children, we do not separate the possible from the impossible which is why the younger a mind is the easier it is to free while a mind like yours can be very difficult.

Free from what?

From the Matrix.

Neo locks at his eyes but only sees a reflection of himself.

Do you want to know what it is, Neo?

Neo swallows and nods his head.

It's that feeling you have had all your life. That feeling that something was wrong with the world. You don't know what it is but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad, driving you to me. But what is it?

The LEATHER CREAKS as he leans back.

The Matrix is everywhere, it's all around us, here even in this room. You can see it out your window, or on your television. You feel it when you go to work, or go to church or pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.

What truth?

That you are a slave, Neo. That you, like everyone else, was born into bondage...
... kept inside a prison that you cannot smell, taste, or touch. A prison for your mind.

Outside, the WIND BATTERS a loose PANE of glass.

Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.


Hold out your hands.

In Neo's right hand, Morpheus drops a red pill.

This is your last chance. After this, there is no going back.In his left, a blue pill.

You take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake in your bed and you believe whatever you want to believe.

The pills in his open hands are reflected in the glasses.

You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.

Neo feels the smooth skin of the capsules, with the moisture growing in his palms.

Remember that all I am offering is the truth. Nothing more.

Neo opens his mouth and swallows the red pill. The Cheshire smile returns.

Follow me.


Irina Samonova
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