[DWJ] Little Dot

Elizabeth Parks henx19 at gmail.com
Mon Aug 8 10:16:48 EDT 2011

It looks like it is perhaps meant to be nonsense, with a few people in on
the fact that it's nonsense confusing the others around them.


basing this on:



On Mon, Aug 8, 2011 at 3:44 AM, Eleanor Joslin <eleanor at dreamvine.org.uk>wrote:

> On 08/08/11 02:30, A.M. Winslow wrote:
>> Hey all . . .
>> I'm currently reading aloud the Homeward Bounders and I realized that I
>> lived quite near a street called the Old Fort Road.  Seriously.
> Where do you live, Anna?  I have assumed the city was Bristol, but I have
> no real evidence for this, not knowing Bristol at all well.  (I went there
> recently and got lost in probably the same area Polly did in Fire and
> Hemlock.  I also went to the Clifton Suspension Bridge of course, and took a
> detour past DWJ's house on the way up to it, just to see.)
>  But actually, I'm writing because I recently reread DWJ's short story
>> "Little Dot," and realized that I don't understand the first two riddles *at
>> all.*  I'm away from home and unfortunately don't have the story with me at
>> all -- but anyone who does, by any chance could you post and explain the
>> riddles?
> Well, "Why is a mouse when it spins? The higher the fewer" is traditional,
> but I don't know what it might mean.  I don't know anything about the second
> riddle.  It feels to me as though DWJ must have made it up.
> I actually wonder if the incoherence of the first riddle was the starting
> point for the story, leading her to create an ancient, senile Beast to tell
> it.  No wonder Little Dot had to be told the answers.
>        Eleanor
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