Hysteric character structure
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Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland symbolically ampli®es many of the dynamics that are typical of the hysteric character style. In this well-loved story, a proper English girl is tempted by her curiosity to follow an odd white rabbit in a waistcoat. Leaving her proper English world, she follows the rabbit into a wonderland that is topsey turvey and upside down. In this not-so-proper world, size ¯uctuates incomprehensibly, Alice nearly drowns
in her tears, the animals talk, the tea party is preposterous, events are unpredictable, the rabbit rushes by, ``Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!'' Classically, hysteria is characterized by a shifting and ®ckle pattern of emotion, by a lack of ®delity and loyalty, by a need for constantly replenished stimulation and attention resulting in a seductive drama of capricious relationships. Dramatic and capricious, what could be more descriptive of the Wonderland into which the White Rabbit leads Alice!