[Alice and the White Rabbit discuss the value of literary connections to classical music. You can catch Part 2 here.]
I was a bit sleepy at this point from the tea, but as the Rabbit kept talking and as I liked to listen, I pinched my arm a few times and managed to stay awake.
Now my dear, do you think the Cow destroys the moon when he jumps over it in the music?
I suppose he might…
But when you place a tablecloth on a table, like this one here, does there cease to be a table?
Why of course not!
Does the table cease to be necessary?
I should say not! Without the table, the tablecloth would not be a tablecloth anymore, but just a cloth! (In reality, the tablecloth was just a cloth—rather a blanket that depicted a beautiful scene of the Mad Hatter watering his shoes on a Sunday.)
Quite right. Now, does that mean the tablecloth is not necessary if there is not a table?
Well, no. You see (I suggested, hesitantly so as not to offend) it is actually a tapestry and not a tablecloth at all.
Indeed, indeed! (The White Rabbit was getting excited now.) Then is the table not necessary if there is not a tablecloth?
Well, no. The table is still wonderful without a tablecloth. Rather, the tablecloth allows it to become something new and allows it to serve a somewhat different purpose.
Now you’re getting it!
 The White Rabbit asks Alice whether having literary associations with music demeans the value of the music.
 Throughout this conversation, the White Rabbit shows Alice that a tablecloth (or tapestry), representing literary fiction, does not demean the music and in fact gives it a different and worthwile value.
[Stay tuned for the final part…]