Dagsljósið (Light) - Getting lost + found in Iceland

‘That’s another thing we’ve learned from your nation,’ said Mein Herr, ‘Map-making. But we’ve carried it so much further than you. What do you consider the largest map that would really be useful?’

‘About six inches to the mile.’

‘Only six inches!’ Exclaimed Mein Herr. ‘We very soon got to six yards to the mile. Then we tried one hundred yards to the mile. And then came the grandest idea of all! We actually made a map of the country, on the scale of a mile to a mile!

‘Have you used it much?’ I inquired.

‘It has never been spread out yet,” said Mein Herr. ‘The farmers objected: they said it would cover the whole country and shut out the sunlight. So we use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well.’
— Lewis Carroll
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