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Houndsditch Home for Wayward Youth
Houndsditch Home for Wayward Youth
Also known as

Houndsditch Home and Refuge for Wayward Youth[1]

Location

London

First appearance

Chapter 1

Series

Alice: Madness Returns

Location on map [?]
London map
Marker
The Houndsditch Home for Wayward Youth is a shelter in London's East End for unfortunate children, especially orphans, previously run by Dr. Angus Bumby.[2] It was where Alice Liddell lived after being released in Rutledge Asylum.[1]

Houndsditch Home posed to be a completely normal orphanage and its head, Bumby, was deemed to be a "respectable social architect and scientist."[3] However, Bumby had a much darker secret – he used his hypnotherapy skills to make the children forget who they were and turn them into mindless prostitutes for Bumby's desires, as well as the buyer's sexual pleasure.[4] Children ready for sale were marked with names and number tags, and then put out into the street with a seller to attract buyers.[5]

History Edit

Release from Rutledge Asylum Edit

After a decade of treatment in Rutledge Asylum, Alice was deemed sane enough by the staff to be released.[1] Pris Witless eventually found Alice a job and home at Houndsditch, where Alice worked as a maid to keep her off the streets. While working in the orphanage, Alice also received hypnotherapy sessions from Doctor Bumby, unknowingly allowing him to destroy her Wonderland and erase her memories of the fire.[2]

Alice: Madness Returns Edit

Alice in a therapy session with Bumby

Alice trying to forget her memories.

Despite Bumby's efforts to make Alice forget about the fire, her tenacity kept her from forgetting her memories and fantasies of Wonderland.[3] After one of their sessions was over, Bumby tasked Alice to retrieve the pills from their High Street chemist. Along the way, she got sidetracked by a white cat and eventually fell into hallucinations before arriving in Wonderland again.[2]

Her constant returns to Wonderland slowly made her realize who was responsible for the fire that killed her family and for destroying her Wonderland.[6] After confronting Bumby at the Moorgate Station, she took the key to Lizzie's room from his hand and killed him by pushing him in front of an incoming train.[3]

Appearance Edit

The Houndsditch home is a two-story formal brick building, similar in style to structures from the late eighteenth to early nineteenth century. It is solid and tall in construction, yet somewhat small for the number of children it houses. It is attached to similar buildings on both sides. From the outside, it is surrounded by a tall iron fence with no front garden, with a copper sign clearly reading the name of the home and the name of Doctor Bumby on the front.

Boy's dorm

The boy's dorm.

On the inside, the building is spacious with almost all rooms being quite large, yet extremely messy and in disrepair. The first floor has the lobby, which has a portrait of Doctor Bumby with several of the orphaned children, and Alice's room. The second floor has the dorms, as well as Bumby's office.

The children sleep in two separate dorms, one for the girls and the other for the boys. The boy's dorm has about four bunk beds, while the girl's dorm has two bunk beds and one single bed. These rooms tend to be scattered with discarded pieces of clothing and toys, similar to the hallways and the lobby, which is instead covered in books. Alice is the only person not to share a bedroom, presumably other than Bumby; however, Alice's room is also the smallest and comparably tidier than the other dorms.

Trivia Edit

  • The orphanage is most likely named after Houndsditch, a street in London just off Whitechapel High Street.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Electronic Arts (2011-05-22). Alice: Madness Returns Storybook (v1.0). Scene: Newspaper articles.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Spicy Horse (2011-06-17). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Houndsditch Home. Level: Chapter 1: Hatter's Domain.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Spicy Horse (2011-06-17). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: The End. Level: Chapter 6: Infernal Train.
  4. Spicy Horse (2011-06-17). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Whitechapel. Level: Chapter 6: Infernal Train.
  5. Spicy Horse (2011-06-17). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Threadneedle Street. Level: Chapter 3: Oriental Grove.
  6. Throughout Alice: Madness Returns

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