The Grin

In Rage Bob Woodward reports Jered Kushner’s advise that, to understand Donald Trump’s Oval Office and West Wing read Alice In Wonderland.  Regarding the Presidential father-in-law, Kurcher quotes the Cheshire Cat, “If you don’t know where you are going any path will get you there.”

Context makes this guidance more instructive.

.  .  .  a large cat which was sitting on the hearth and grinning for ear to ear.

‘Please would you tell me, ‘said Alice, ‘ .  .  .  why your cat grins like that’?

‘It’s a Cheshire Cat,’ said the Duchess  .  .  .

‘I didn’t know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I did not know that cats COULD grin.’

‘They all can,’ said the Duchess; ‘and most of them do.’

(Later)  .  .  .  she was a little startled by seeing the Cheshire Cat sitting on a bough of a tree as few yards off.

The Cat only grinned when it saw Alice.  .  .  .

‘Cheshire Puss,’ she began, rater timidly,  .  .  .  it only grinned a little wwider.  .  .  .  ‘Would you tell
me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’

‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.

‘—so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation.   

‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if you only walk long enough.’*

The Cheshire Cat’s defining characteristic, first to appear and last to disappear, the Grin.

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland*
Lewis Carroll
Cheshire Cat by Sir John Tenniel, original 1865 edition.

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