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Comic #2261

1 [caption]: Oxford, 1862:
1 Lewis Carroll: Wot a most curious dream.
2 Lewis Carroll: A strange fantasy land, talking animals, a mad skeletal hatter, a Cheshire cat that can vanish...
3 Lewis Carroll: I am inspired to write a children's fiction.
4 Lewis Carroll: Oh, I must not forget the time-travelling pirates!

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In contrast to Isaac Newton, Lewis Carroll spent much of his life at that other great English establishment of learning, Oxford.

Being the oldest university in the English-speaking world, it has an insane number of famous alumni. Including of course Jay Gatsby, James Bond, Fox Mulder, and Charles Xavier.

2022-02-20 Rerun commentary: Interestingly, I've represented Oxford with exactly the same background photo as I used to represent Cambridge in the previous strip.

Compared to Oxford's list of illustrious alumni enumerated above, Cambridge can boast Lemuel Gulliver, Messrs Darcy and Wickham, quite possibly Sherlock Holmes[1], and... uh... Jonathan Quayle Higgins III.

[1] Although it's never stated explicitly in Doyle's canon, there are enough hints that Holmesian scholars generally consider that Holmes most likely attended Cambridge.

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