There is no proof, that Lewis Carroll used the number 42 as a "code" for anything. But we can be sure, that the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was able to associate the number 42 with an important document of Anglicanism: Thomas Cranmer's Forty-Two Articles.
Segment from Henry Holiday's illustration (1876) to The Baker's Tale in Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark depicting some of the Baker's 42 boxes piled up outside the window. In 1552, shortly before the early death of Edward VI, Thomas Cranmer wrote down 42 articles, a protestant doctrine. In Henry Holiday's depiction of the staple of some of the Baker's 42 boxes piled up outside of the window of the Baker's uncle's room also the number 42 is visible.
[inset]: Segment from a painting (c. 1570) by an unknown artist (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ed_and_pope.png).The segment is displayed in a mirrored view and has been converted into grey shades. Thomas Cranmer is located on the right side in the mirrored image. (Among other persons in the painting not shown in this segment: Edward VI, Henry VIII)
"I personally don't look for secret messages hidden by Carroll in the text; rather, I look at themes and symbols as potential hints as to the sorts of things that were on Carroll's mind at the time." Darien Graham-Smith, 2005-10-05
How could the number 42 get into anyone's mind? Douglas Adams made that number popular as an answer to everything. In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy he (similar to many other writers, e.g. Tom Stoppard) challenged his readers with references to earlier writers. An earlier writer who had an obvious affinity to the number 42 is known as Lewis Carroll. Of course Carroll wouldn't give any good reason for that affinity either, but he must have known, that "Forty-Two" is an important number for the history of Anglicanism: In the mind of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) the Forty-Two Articles of Thomas Cranmer surely had their place.
021 There was one who was famed for the number of things 022 He forgot when he entered the ship: 023 His umbrella, his watch, all his jewels and rings, 024 And the clothes he had bought for the trip.
025 He had forty-two boxes, all carefully packed, 026 With his name painted clearly on each: 027 But, since he omitted to mention the fact, 028 They were all left behind on the beach.
029 The loss of his clothes hardly mattered, because 030 He had seven coats on when he came, 031 With three pairs of boots--but the worst of it was, 032 He had wholly forgotten his name.
049 He came as a Baker: but owned, when too late-- 050 And it drove the poor Bellman half-mad-- 051 He could only bake Bridecake--for which, I may state, 052 No materials were to be had.
There were no brides in the crew.
No wonder they call a Baker by "hot" names. And he may have helped Henry VIII to enjoy a bridecake more than once. And after the baker's recepies had been accepted by Edward VI, clergymen could have their bridecake too.
Rules #42, made up with clauses to silence remonstrance:
The helmsman1 used to stand by with tears in his eyes; he knew it was all wrong, but alas! Rule 42 of the Code, “No one shall speak to the Man at the Helm,” had been completed by the Bellman himself with the words “and the Man at the Helm shall speak to no one.“ So remonstrance was impossible, and no steering could be done till the next varnishing day. During these bewildering intervals the ship usually sailed backwards. (Lewis Carroll, The Hunting of the Snark, Preface)
At this moment the King, who had been for some time busily writing in his note-book, cackled out `Silence!' and read out from his book, `Rule Forty-two. ALL PERSONS MORE THAN A MILE HIGH TO LEAVE THE COURT.' Everybody looked at Alice. `I'm not a mile high,' said Alice. `You are,' said the King. `Nearly two miles high,' added the Queen. `Well, I shan't go, at any rate,' said Alice: `besides, that's not a regular rule: you invented it just now.' `It's the oldest rule in the book,' said the King. `Then it ought to be Number One,' said Alice. (Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland Chapters XI and XII (The Trial of the Knave of Hearts))
All men shall not be saved at the length.They also are worthy of condemnation, who endeavour at this time in restore the dangerous opinion that all men, by they never so ungodly, shall at length be saved, when they have suffered pains for their sins a certain time appointed by God's justice. (Last article in Thomas Cranmer's Forty-Two Articles)
Last Edit: Jan 27, 2015 23:58:49 GMT -5 by GoetzKluge
There is no proof, that Lewis Carroll used the number 42 as a "code" for anything. But we can be sure, that the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was able to associate the number 42 with an important document of Anglicanism: Thomas Cranmer's Forty-Two Articles. ...
In The annotated ... Snark, Martin Gardner wrote about Henry Holiday's illustration to the last chapter of Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark: "Thousands of readers must have glanced at this drawing without noticing (though they may have shivered with subliminal perception) the huge, almost transparent head of the Baker, abject terror on his features, as a giant beak (or is it a claw?) seizes his wrist."