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The Dormouse
Dormouse

Real Name

Dormouse

First Appearance

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

Original Publisher

Macmillan

Created by

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (as "Lewis Carroll")

Origin

The Dormouse sat between the March Hare and the Hatter at the tea party. They were using him, while he slept, as a cushion when Alice arrives at the start of the chapter.

The Dormouse is always falling asleep during the scene, waking up every so often, for example to say:

"You might just as well say," added the Dormouse, who seemed to be talking in his sleep, "that I breathe when I sleep' is the same thing as 'I sleep when I breathe!"

He also tells a story about three young girls who live in a treacle well, live on treacle, and draw pictures of things beginning with M, including mousetraps, memory and muchness.

Eventually, the Hatter and the March Hare put his head in a teapot. He later appears, equally sleepy, at the Knave of Hearts' trial and voices resentment at Alice for growing, and his last interaction with any character is his being "suppressed" (amongst other things) by the Queen for shouting out that tarts are made of treacle.

Public Domain Appearances

Book:

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

Film:

  • Alice in Wonderland (1903)

Notes

  • The character is frequently confused with the Mouse but, the two are, in fact, separate characters.
  • 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 in the public domain.

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