Posted on 03/01/2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

More coins intended to honor a classic work of fiction have come up short in the accuracy department.

The Guardian reports that a coin set celebrating Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland includes quotes that author Lewis Carroll never actually wrote.

For the record: The White Rabbit never said, “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get,” and the Mad Hatter didn’t say, “I am under no obligation to make sense to you,” according to the editor of the Lewis Carroll Review.

The Queen of Hearts fares better, though there’s still a typo in her quote: “That’s enough! Off with their head” should conclude with “heads.”

The Westminster Collection, which produced the coins, told the Guardian: “The quotes are commonly associated with the characters, although as you suggest, do not necessarily come directly from the original work.”

The Guardian’s article about this slip-up also includes some detective work on why Carroll is so commonly misquoted.

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