So these past couple weeks I've had some difficulties in nailing down a thesis that a-excites me and b- connects Alice and the Count of Monte Cristo together well. And at last, I think I have at least the basic form of it, which is fantastic. Before, I was focused on directly relating the Edmond to Alice, but as I let go of my initial ideas, and just tried to come up with different thesis ideas, I saw that all my evidence in connecting those together didn't have enough supporting evidence to be its own idea. But then, I remembered that another character in Alice I had been interested about, was the Queen of Hearts! And weirdly, I found that a comparison between her and Dantes fit a lot better. So click the link to check out my current shell of a paper, which will probably change, but at least I have a much clearer direction now!