“Living backwards!” Alice repeated in great
astonishment. “I never heard of such a thing!”
—“…but there’s one great advantage in it,
that one’s memory works both ways.”
—“I’m sure mine only works one way,” Alice
remarked. “I can’t remember things before

they happen.”
—“It’s a poor sort of memory that only
works backwards,” the Queen remarked.


Carroll, L., “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There” (London: Macmillan, 1871).