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The White Rabbit
WhiteRabbit

Real Name

Rabbit

First Appearance

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

Original Publisher

Macmillan

Created by

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (as "Lewis Carroll")

Origin

The White Rabbit is a fictional character in Lewis Carroll's book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. He appears at the very beginning of the book, in chapter one, wearing a waistcoat, and muttering "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!" Alice follows him down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. Alice encounters him again when he mistakes her for his housemaid, Mary Ann, and she becomes trapped in his house after growing too large. The Rabbit shows up again in the last few chapters, as a herald-like servant of the King and Queen of Hearts.

The White Rabbit seems to shift back and forth between pompous behavior toward his underlings, such as his servants, and grovelling, obsequious behavior toward his superiors, such as the Duchess and King and Queen of Hearts, in direct contrast to Alice, who is reasonably polite to everyone she meets.

Public Domain Appearances

Book:

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • The Nursery "Alice"
  • A New Alice in the Old Wonderland

Film:

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

Public Domain Comic Appearances

  • Santa Claus Funnies #2: Alice gives Santa Claus a tour of Wonderland where he encounters characters such as Humpty Dumpty, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter.
  • World's Greatest Stories #1: Fairly faithful adaptation of Lewis Carroll's story Through the Looking Glass.
  • Adventures of Alice #1: Modern day adaptation of Lewis Carroll's story, Alice in Wonderland.

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 in the public domain.

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