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The Chesire Cat
Cheshire Cat Tenniel

Real Name

Chesire Cat

First Appearance

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

Original Publisher

Macmillan

Created by

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (as "Lewis Carroll")

Origin

Alice first encounters the Cheshire Cat at the Duchess' house in her kitchen, and then later outside on the branches of a tree, where it appears and disappears at will, engaging Alice in amusing but, sometimes vexing conversation. The cat sometimes raises philosophical points that annoy or baffle Alice. It does, however, appear to cheer her up when it turns up suddenly at the Queen of Hearts' croquet field, and when sentenced to death baffles everyone by having made its head appear without its body, sparking a massive argument between the executioner and the King and Queen of Hearts about whether something that does not have a body can indeed be beheaded.

At one point, the cat disappears gradually until nothing is left but its grin, prompting Alice to remark that she has often seen a cat without a grin but never a grin without a cat.

Public Domain Appearances

Book:

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • A New Alice in the Old Wonderland

Film:

  • Alice in Wonderland (1903)
  • Alice in Wonderland (1915)

Notes

  • While the original character is in public domain, the version of the character used by Disney and other later adaptations published after 1923 are NOT.

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