The following passage evokes the description of Alice’s fall in the Rabbit’s hole in the novel „Alice in Wonderland“, by Lewis Carroll.
Nabokov [~toward the side, aside] writes,
„In a sense we all are crashing to our death from the top story of our birth to the flat stones of the churchyard and wondering with an immortal Alice in Wonderland at the strange [, enigmatic] patterns of the passing wall. This capacity to wonder at trifles – no matter the imminent peril – these asides of the spirit, these footnotes in the volume of life are the highest forms of consciousness, and it is this childishly speculative state of mind, so different from commonsense and its logic, that we know the world to be good.“ – “Lectures on Literature”, Vladimir Nabokov. HBJ, 1980, pp. 373-374.