Mouse (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)

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John Tenniel's illustration of the Mouse in "The Pool of Tears". An illustration from Alice in Wonderland.
First appearanceAlice's Adventures in Wonderland
Created byLewis Carroll

The Mouse is a fictional character in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. He appears in Chapter II "The Pool of Tears" [1] and Chapter III "A Caucus-Race and a Long Tale" [2].

Alice, the eponymous heroine in the book, first talks to the mouse when she is floating in a pool of her own tears, having shrunk in size:

`O Mouse, do you know the way out of this pool? I am very tired of swimming about here, O Mouse!' (Alice thought this must be the right way of speaking to a mouse: she had never done such a thing before, but she remembered having seen in her brother's Latin Grammar, `A mouseof a mouseto a mousea mouseO mouse!' The Mouse looked at her rather inquisitively, and seemed to her to wink with one of its little eyes, but it said nothing.

With no response from the mouse, Alice fears that it may not speak English and attempts to speak French. Upon mentioning the French word for cat, chatte, the mouse panics. This leads to a discussion about cats and dogs, culminating in the mouse telling Alice his history.

The Mouse's Tale[edit]

When Alice hears the mouse's "long and sad tale", she is watching his tail. So, she imagines the tale in its shape.[1] The "Fury" referenced in the tale is Carroll's childhood friend's dog.[2]

The Mouse's Tale
The Mouse's Tale, as printed in the first edition
The Mouse's Tale
The Mouse's Tale from Alice's Adventures Under Ground, Carroll's original manuscript
                    Fury said to a 
                  mouse, That he
                met in the
           "Let us
             both go to
               law:  I will
                    YOU.  --Come,
                       I'll take no
                        denial; We
                     must have a
                 trial:  For
              really this
           morning I've
         to do."
           Said the
             mouse to the
               cur, "Such
                 a trial,
                   dear Sir,
                     no jury
                  or judge,
                would be
               "I'll be
                 judge, I'll
                   be jury,"
                      old Fury:
                      try the

In other Media[edit]

Although the Mouse does not appear in the 1951 Disney film, part of his personality has been integrated to the Dormouse.

The character makes an appearance in the 1985 made-for-TV adaptation of Alice in Wonderland and is portrayed by Sherman Hemsley. In this incarnation the Mouse sings "I Hate Dogs and Cats" before joining in the Caucus-race with the rest of the animals that have been floating on Alice's pool of tears.

In Fushigi no Kuni no Alice, The Mouse appears in overalls. Though he dislikes cats, he isn't actually scared of them.

In the anime and manga series Pandora Hearts The Mouse is reimigined as Gilbert Nightray with his fear of cats and his younger brother Vincent is based on the Dormouse.

The character also makes an appearance as Mr. Mouse in the 1999 made-for-TV Hallmark adaption and is portrayed by Ken Dodd.