- Mouse (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)
John Tenniel's illustration of the Mouse in "The Pool of Tears". An illustration from Alice in Wonderland.
First appearance Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Created by Lewis Carroll Information Species Mouse Gender Male
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 mouse—of a mouse—to a mouse—a mouse—O 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
When Alice hears the mouse's "long and sad tale", she is watching his tail. So, she imagines the tale in its shape.
Fury said to a mouse, That he met in the house, "Let us both go to law: I will prosecute YOU. --Come, I'll take no denial; We must have a trial: For really this morning I've nothing to do." Said the mouse to the cur, "Such a trial, dear Sir, With no jury or judge, would be wasting our breath." "I'll be judge, I'll be jury," Said cunning old Fury: "I'll try the whole cause, and condemn you to death."'
Lewis Carroll's Alice Source texts Authors IllustratorsJohn Tenniel · Arthur Rackham · Blanche McManus · Peter Newell · Fanny Y. Cory · Bessie Pease Gutmann · Charles Robinson · Harry Rountree · Harry Furniss · Mabel Lucie Attwell · Milo Winter · Oliver Herford · Uriel Birnbaum · Jessie Wilcox Smith · Charles Folkard · Mervyn Peake · Alex Blum · Leonard Weisgard · Walt Disney · Marjorie Torrey · Tove Jansson · Ralph Steadman · Frank Bolle · Charles Blackman · Barry Moser · Michael Hague · Anthony Browne · Willy Pogany · Marie Laurencin · Salvador Dali · Greg Hildebrandt · Gavin O'Keefe · Tony Ross · Angel Dominguez · Helen Oxenbury · Lisbeth Zwerger · Oleg Lipchenko · Franciszka Themerson CharactersAlice's Adventures
in WonderlandAlice · The White Rabbit · The Mouse · The Dodo · The Duck · The Lory · Eaglet · Bill the Lizard · The Caterpillar · The Duchess · The Cheshire Cat · The March Hare · The Hatter · The Dormouse · The Queen of Hearts · The King of Hearts · The Knave of Hearts · The Gryphon · The Mock Turtle · Pat · The CookThrough the
Poems"All in the golden afternoon..." · "How Doth the Little Crocodile" · "The Mouse's Tale" · "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat" · "You Are Old, Father William" · "'Tis the Voice of the Lobster" · "Jabberwocky" · "The Walrus and the Carpenter" · "Haddocks' Eyes" · "They told me you had been to her..." · "The Mock Turtle's Song" · "The Hunting of the Snark" Related topics AdaptationsSequelsRetellingsAlice's Adventures in Wonderland retold in words of one syllable (1905) · Alice in Verse: The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland (2010)ParodiesThe Westminster Alice (1902) · Clara in Blunderland (1902) · Lost in Blunderland (1903) · John Bull's Adventures in the Fiscal Wonderland (1904) · Alice in Blunderland: An Iridescent Dream (1904)ImitationsReimaginingFilm Book:Alice in Wonderland · Category:Alice in Wonderland · Portal:Children's literature This article about a fictional character is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.