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Subject: The taming of a Jabbawocky
Author: Selwyn   (guest)
Date: May 30, 2001 at 6:03:47 AM
The taming of a Jabbawocky
(Inspired by the works of the proficient anagrammers from the kingdom of Behindthename)

The other day I saw an odd creature hiding among the leaves of a book. It look terrible indeed, but I could not resist thinking that it would be grand to ride it's back just for a few moments. Yet, as I say it was a terrible creature, which would have to be tamed first before one could even get close to it without getting swallowed whole!
First I thought of anagrammming it into something less dangerous, but as I do not hold the sufficient skill to handle such a dangerous creature yet I feard for my life.
Then I thought that I could try to feed it with more lines to it, thus to gain it's trust. But seldom have I met a creature so particular about it's food! I simply had to give up for indeed where do you find something close to a frumious Bandersnatch?
I now began to think that I would never get to do anything apart from looking at this creature from a distance, but then I got an idea.
Perhaps not the best idea but still an idea.
I lured the creature into a spell checker and hit the start button and it worked, at least to some degree. I now had a tamed Jabbaworcky, for that was the creature's name.
It now lives on pasture named sheet in the land of Harddisk.
Here I have brought it out for your viewing pleasure.
Perhaps one day I will be good enough to tame a Jabbawocky all by myself without the help of spell checkers...

One thing is surely to tame a Jabbawocky by means of a spell checker and quite another is to tame one by yourself.


(The Jabbawocky "tamed" by a spell checker)

JABBERWOCKY.

`Taws brisling, and the smithy toes
Did gyre and gamble in the wade;
All missy were the borogoves,
And the mom rates outgrabe.
`Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jujube bird, and shun
The furious Bandersnatch!'
He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.
And as in offish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffing through the bulgy wood,
And burbled as it came!
One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.
`And has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my bearish boy!
O frabjous day! Callow! Chalet!
He chortled in his joy.
`Taws brisling, and the smithy toes
Did gyre and gamble in the wade;
All missy were the borogoves,
And the mom rates outgrabe.

(The original and WILD Jabbawocky. Do not feed)

JABBERWOCKY.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
`Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!'
He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.
And as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!
One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.
`And has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!
He chortled in his joy.
`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

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