Croquet Quotes (2 quotes)
A historical fact is rather like the flamingo that Alice in Wonderland tried to use as a croquet mallet. As soon as she got its neck nicely straightened out and was ready to hit the ball, it would turn and look at her with a puzzled expression, and any biographer knows that what is called a fact has a way of doing the same.
[To elucidate using models] the different combining powers in elementary atoms, I select my illustrations from that most delightful of games, croquet. Let the croquet balls represent our atoms, and let us distinguish the atoms of different elements by different colours. The white balls are hydrogen, the green ones chlorine atoms; the atoms of fiery oxygen are red, those of nitrogen, blue; the carbon atoms, lastly, are naturally represented by black balls. But we have, in addition, exhibit the different combining powers of these atoms by screwing into the balls a number of metallic arms (tubes and pins), which correspond respectively to the combining powers of the atoms represented to join the balls in imitation of the atomic edifices represented.