Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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is the protagonist of the story. Though she doesn’t mention her age in the story, she is said to be seven years-old by experts, and in the sequel Through the Looking Glass, she does mention being seven and a half. She is inspired by the real Alice Liddell, the daughter of Henry Liddell, the Dean of Christ Church, Oxford and a contemporary of Carroll. In the story, she is a spirited child, often following her instincts and the other characters courageously and standing her ground when she suspects nonsense. But she is also anxious and becomes homesick when she is confused and lost in Wonderland. She is on the verge of growing up, and the adventures of Wonderland play on her insecurites and show how she is terrified by the unknown world of the future but also thrilled by it and eager to discover.

Alice Quotes in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The Alice's Adventures in Wonderland quotes below are all either spoken by Alice or refer to Alice. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Bantam Classics edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland published in 1984.
Chapter 1 Quotes

Alice opened the door and found that it led into a small passage, not much larger than a rat-hole: she knelt down and looked along the passage into the loveliest garden you ever saw. How she longed to get out of that dark hall, and wander about among those beds of bright flowers and those cool fountains, but she could not even get her head though the doorway.

Related Characters: Alice
Related Symbols: The Garden
Page Number: 5
Explanation and Analysis:

At this point in the text, Alice has just followed the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole and has met her first Wonderland obstacle: she is too big to fit through the “rat-hole” doorway.

This moment is crucial because it establishes the absurd world of Wonderland, in which normal physical and spatial logic does not apply. Further, the portrayal of Alice as desperate, but unable, to get outside captures profound aspects of childhood: the desire to play and the restraint placed on that desire by society, whether parental rules in the “real” world or a too-small door here. (It’s also worth noting that these images are reminiscent of the romantic gardens of which Carroll’s contemporaries wrote, as well as the environments he may have been accustomed to seeing around Oxford College, where he taught—gardens where children often weren’t allowed to play.)

The fact that Alice can’t even get her head through the doorway also indicates that she tries to get through the doorway, implying a child’s wishful belief that wanting something enough can make the impossible become possible. While the tiny door is itself an absurd and illogical thing to find in a big dark hall, Alice’s inability to get through it here creates a sense that there is some logic to this world that makes sense: big things can’t pass through small openings. But moments later Alice will shrink. Thus this image of Alice beside the small door creates a sense of logical stability that the novel then immediately subverts—Alice is able to get through, and so her childish effort to get through an absurdly small door is rewarded rather than proved to be silly, as it would in the “real” world. Wonderland is a world where rules can get broken precisely in the way that a child might wish real world rules could be broken.

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'What a curious feeling!' said Alice; 'I must be shutting up like a telescope .'

Related Characters: Alice (speaker)
Related Symbols: Eating and Drinking, Growing and Shrinking
Page Number: 6
Explanation and Analysis:

Alice says this line immediately after drinking the “DRINK ME” vial that causes her to shrink down to a small enough size to pass through the rat-hole sized passage. The shrinking and growing Alice experiences in this scene (and throughout the book) bring up Carroll's themes of growing up and moving from childhood to adulthood—a disorienting change of size and even identity.

The choice of the telescope image is also interesting for several reasons. Carroll could have chosen a more traditional sentence about shrinking, but instead we have a reference to a specific scientific device. The mechanical telescope can collapse to become larger or smaller, and its main use as an instrument is to change visual scale. It takes an object far away and hardly visible and expands it so the viewer can see more clearly. So while Alice may shut up like a telescope, the telescope itself actually expands things: another experiment with scale in the illogical rules of Wonderland.

This is actually the second time the telescope image is used in this scene. When Alice is looking around for a way to enter the door, she imagines a “book of rules for shutting people up like telescopes,” Her wish then directly leads to this moment in which she actually is shutting up like a telescope—further emphasizing the dream-like reality of Wonderland, in which some wishes or desires manifest themselves in fantastical ways.

Chapter 2 Quotes

'But if I'm not the same, the next question is, Who in the world am I? Ah, THAT'S the great puzzle!' And she began thinking over all the children she knew that were of the same age as herself, to see if she could have been changed for any of them.

Related Characters: Alice (speaker)
Page Number: 10
Explanation and Analysis:

Alice is moved to this existential question after she has grown very large from eating the “EAT ME” cake. She is confused about how the same self can be both so small and so large in quick succession, as well as how her current adventures are compatible with her normal life the day before. She wonders if she has perhaps taken on someone else’s identity and tries to reassure herself by listing why she has not become a different young girl. She then tries (and fails) to do arithmetic and to list geographic capitols.

This quote gets to the heart of one of the book’s preoccupations: how do we define identity? Here, Alice asks herself whether she can reasonably consider herself the same person if she has undergone such a dramatic physical change. That Alice would ask herself these questions suggests the instability of childhood identity (though one could also argue that she only grows and shrinks as she does, or is in Wonderland at all, because her unformed childhood identity makes it possible for her to do so). Yet Alice also attempts to use logic to answer the question for herself, eliminating possibilities and trying to assert her selfhood by showing that her mind remains unchanged through the display of knowledge. That she fails to display any such knowledge is humorous and another indicator of being a child, but her instinct to even attempt such methods suggests the adult she will inevitably grow up to become. 

Alice's childish question is also, on deeper reflection, a profound one: Is the idea of a stable, continuous identity even a realistic one? Is there a point of change at which a person becomes someone else? A person who changes his behavior might refer to himself as becoming a "new man," after all. Alice's question, spurred by her physical change, can be seen as a penetrating question about the human condition in the face of other sorts of change: intellectual, emotional, or any kind of maturation.

Chapter 4 Quotes

“It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life!”

Related Characters: Alice (speaker)
Related Symbols: Eating and Drinking, Growing and Shrinking
Page Number: 26
Explanation and Analysis:

After finding another growth-inducing liquid in the White Rabbit’s house, Alice becomes trapped in the building. And, as often happens in the tale, a negative experience in Wonderland makes her yearn for her previous, simpler life.

The aspects of Wonderland that frustrate Alice are notable here: The first is “growing larger and smaller,” a process that continues to undermine her sense of identity and which brings into question her relative age and maturity level. Simply changing her physical shape does not allow her to escape the rabbit-hole or to become any mentally older or younger, reiterating that physical shifts do not correlate to mental ones. The second is “being ordered around by mice and rabbits,” an experience that inverts the authority structure of humans over animals to which she is accustomed in her “pleasanter” life. Yet even as Alice yearns for that more idyllic, more stable home, she recognizes how interesting and exciting this “rather curious” life in Wonderland can be.

These lines clarify some of the challenging but valuable lessons Alice must take from Wonderland. She must learn to interact with the animals, to be empathetic but also firm, and she must accept the uncertainty of the world and rapid changes in identity, particularly those associated with life beyond childhood.

She stretched herself up on tiptoe, and peeped over the edge of the mushroom, and her eyes immediately met those of a large caterpillar, that was sitting on the top with its arms folded, quietly smoking a long hookah, and taking not the smallest notice of her or of anything else.

Related Characters: Alice, The Caterpillar
Page Number: 32
Explanation and Analysis:

This passage closes the fourth chapter and serves as the transition between Alice’s encounter with an oversized puppy and her pivotal conversation with the Caterpillar. Her decision to explore the mushroom only comes after she looks around for something else to eat or drink. This plotting demonstrates, first, how Alice is gradually learning the symbolic logic of Wonderland. She knows, by now, that her dreamworld is organized around digestible objects.

By connecting the idea of a magical food with the following meeting with the Caterpillar, Carroll also seems to imply that the conversation with the Caterpillar will offer a different, non-physical form of transformation. And this preference for psychological exploration comes into focus when the Caterpillar is introduced with the “long hookah,” a symbol with several interlocking meanings. It can be interpreted as an image of Eastern cultures (about which Europeans like Carroll often fantasized), as an indication of mind-altering substances, as a sign of laziness—or as a combination of all three. The Caterpillar’s uninterested response to Alice highlights his apathetic or addled state, setting the stage for the dreamlike quality of their ensuing conversation about identity.

It is important to note, however, that no convincing evidence has surfaced regarding Carroll himself ever using mind-altering substances, despite the fact that his interest in dreams and fantastical worlds, which is clearly on display in Alice in Wonderland, is often misread as a sign that he himself was a proponent or user of psychedelics. While it may be tempting to interpret the hookah-smoking caterpillar as a symbol for drugs, it is unlikely that Carroll intended such a meaning.

Chapter 5 Quotes

'Who are YOU?' said the Caterpillar.
This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, 'I--I hardly know, sir, just at present-- at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.'

Related Characters: Alice (speaker), The Caterpillar (speaker)
Page Number: 34
Explanation and Analysis:

The Caterpillar’s question builds on Alice’s continued anxiety about her identity. Alice has previously ruminated internally on the issue, wondering how she can be the same person when she changes size so rapidly. So when the Caterpillar voices a similar inquiry, what should be a perfunctory question—asking a new person who they are—instead becomes a deep philosophical quandary.

Alice tries to reassure herself with a set of logical assertions. When she says she knew who she “WAS” previously, she points out that identity can only be known in retrospect. And she implies that understanding a past self does not guarantee comprehension of the present. Furthermore, she cannot pinpoint the exact moments of personal development, but rather notices the incongruity between the past self and the present one. From these two ideas, she arrives at the conclusion that she “must have been changed.” The verb “must” is important here, as it shows that Alice demands that her conclusions be based on rigorous logic, not only on observation or emotion.

From this conversation, we see how Wonderland teaches Alice to find new depths in simple actions and words—and how she has begin to search for ways, both logical and illogical, to make sense of those depths.

'I HAVE tasted eggs, certainly,' said Alice, who was a very truthful child; 'but little girls eat eggs quite as much as serpents do, you know.'
'I don't believe it,' said the Pigeon; 'but if they do, why then they're a kind of serpent, that's all I can say.'

Related Characters: Alice (speaker)
Page Number: 41
Explanation and Analysis:

Alice’s conversation with the Pigeon comes just after the one with the Caterpillar, and the bird challenges Alice's identity even more assertively. Whereas the insect was simply blasé, the pigeon interrogates Alice about her very humanity. He claims that because Alice eats eggs and has a long neck, she must be a serpent—because serpents have long necks and eat eggs. That is to say, because she has certain characteristics that resemble a serpent, she must be a serpent.

This quote builds on two main themes developing in Wonderland: the wish and failure to define identity through logical statements, and Alice’s quest to empathize with the perspectives of others. In the first theme, we see how two observations—eating eggs and having a long neck—cannot equate to having a fixed identity, for they alone do not guarantee that Alice is a serpent. Existence, Carroll, implies, cannot simply be built up from a series of behaviors, for those behaviors may be shared by two very different beings.

Second, Alice must reckon with the fact that another being would receive the same information as her and arrive at a completely different conclusion. For the pigeon, egg-eating and long-necked creatures are equivalent to being a serpent, whereas for Alice these same qualities are simply markers of being human. This interaction, then, teaches Alice that different beings experience reality from different perspectives: a key lesson she takes away from her adventures in the text.

Chapter 6 Quotes

'Oh, you can't help that,' said the Cat: 'we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad.'
'How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice.
'You must be,' said the Cat, 'or you wouldn't have come here.'

Related Characters: Alice (speaker), The Cheshire Cat (speaker)
Page Number: 50
Explanation and Analysis:

This passage, one of the most quoted from Carroll’s work, comes during Alice’s interaction with Wonderland’s perplexing Cheshire Cat: a character who seems wise, yet who never conveys any real knowledge to Alice or to the reader. He functions, then, almost as a parody of the truth-teller figure we might expect at this point in a childhood adventure tale. The Cat is prompted to make his comment on universal insanity when Alice asks advice on where to go and the Cat observes that both of her options—one leads to a Hatter, one to a March Hare—will bring her into contact with mad characters.

Once again, Carroll makes a mockery of supposedly logical statements: The Cheshire Cat constructs a quick proof of Alice’s madness based on 1) All inhabitants of Wonderland are mad 2) Alice is in Wonderland 3) Therefore Alice is mad. This type of thinking recalls Alice’s own failed attempts to define identity, but here the Cheshire Cat does not cite details concerning her personal characteristics. Instead he focuses on the environment in which Alice has found herself, implying that identity is more a factor of who and what surrounds Alice, not something internal to her character.

Furthermore, the claim of universal insanity makes a broader statement on Wonderland—and on the adult world that a maturing Alice is learning how to navigate. Though she might expect it to be firmly grounded in rules and ordered systems, it is in fact highly chaotic and fundamentally unhinged. Accepting this lesson becomes another component of her emotional growth as she progresses in Wonderland.

Chapter 7 Quotes

'Your hair wants cutting,' said the Hatter. He had been looking at Alice for some time with great curiosity, and this was his first speech.
'You should learn not to make personal remarks,' Alice said with some severity; 'it's very rude.'

Related Characters: Alice (speaker), The Mad Hatter (speaker)
Page Number: 53
Explanation and Analysis:

This conversation comes just as Alice arrives at the Hare’s house and sits down with him, the Hatter, and the Dormouse. Their rude behavior toward Alice causes her to first question and then challenge their personal etiquette.

Carroll stresses their rudeness even before Alice articulates it by noting that the comment on Alice’s hair is the Hatter’s “first speech.” The Hatter, then, does not pay attention to the social norms of introducing oneself or behaving cordially, but rather jumps directly into criticism. His next comment will be to challenge Alice with a riddle, once more eschewing proper conduct for an overly aggressive statement.

Alice’s response is a striking example of her growing confidence in Wonderland. Instead of accepting the Hatter’s criticism or finding herself intimidated by him, she ripostes with her own “personal remark.” (This is a bit ironic since she is guilty of precisely what she accuses the Hatter of doing.) Consider the difference between the Hatter’s verb “want” and Alice’s “should”: both carry a normative weight, but Alice’s choice is far stronger. She does not simply hope for a consistent ethical framework but actually believes that she knows one. Though she presents herself to be less mad than the others around her—and thus more of an adult figure—the irony of Alice’s statement also slightly undermines her authority. Carroll leaves it open whether we should pay heed to Alice’s rigid rules or to the madness around her: both perhaps have some merit for the reader.

Chapter 9 Quotes

'Tut, tut, child!' said the Duchess. 'Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.' And she squeezed herself up closer to Alice's side as she spoke.

Related Characters: The Duchess (speaker), Alice
Page Number: 72
Explanation and Analysis:

The Duchess speaks to Alice after being fetched to offer the King and Queen counsel on the state of the Cheshire Cat. As the two walk together, the Duchess grows fond of Alice, but also chastises her and offers gratuitous advice when she does not pay attention.

Carroll here presents the Duchess as a parody of the moralizing adult, a character with which children like Alice would certainly be familiar. Yet by this point in the tale, Alice and the reader have both grown skeptical of the Duchess’ character—as well as with any Wonderland figure who tends to deal in adages and empty platitudes. More often than not, the "morals" presented thus far have been devoid of real meaning, even if they can be extracted from any situation, as the Duchess has implied. That anyone can “find” a “moral” in anything implies, after all, that morals are haphazardly discovered by individuals. They can be uncovered in or forced out from a given situation, but they do not emerge naturally.

Here, Alice continues to grow distant from the empty words of the adult figures in Wonderland. She recognizes that the Duchess is only interested in moralizing, rather than listening to any input from Alice’s end. The Duchess only wants to find her own conclusions instead of actually communicating, and she even physically invades Alice’s space, drawing ever closer like an over-protective mother. Nineteenth-century English children’s literature was known to take a similar sermonizing tone, so Carroll uses this scene to show both character development in Alice and to parody a literary tradition.

'Why did you call him Tortoise, if he wasn't one?' Alice asked.
'We called him Tortoise because he taught us,' said the Mock Turtle angrily: 'really you are very dull!'

Related Characters: Alice (speaker), The Mock-Turtle (speaker)
Page Number: 78
Explanation and Analysis:

The Mock Turtle chastises Alice, here, for interrupting his story and for not understanding his pun on “Tortoise.” The interruption is caused by the Mock Turtle noting that that his teacher was a Turtle but was called Tortoise—i.e. “taught us” when spoken aloud (with an English accent).

Despite her improved ability to navigate Wonderland, Alice struggles here to stay up-to-speed on the language games played by the other characters. And as before, her earnest questions induce a sharp reprimand: “dull” for having halted the Turtle’s explanation to clarify how a turtle could also be a tortoise. Throughout this chapter and the next, the Mock Turtle and the Gryphon continue to make a dizzying number of similar puns. Some like “porpoise” and “purpose” Alice can grasp and clarify, while many others flit by without time for her to interrupt.

Carroll had actually used this pun once before, in a piece of philosophy called “What the Tortoise said to Achilles.” This may seem like a small connection, but it also reiterates the deep thought that Carroll placed in the Wonderland world. Though Alice may experience her life through bizarre puns and confusing interrogations, each of these moments is built upon the philosophical and logical rigor Carroll was pursuing elsewhere in his studies.

Chapter 10 Quotes

'It all came different!' the Mock Turtle repeated thoughtfully. 'I should like to hear her try and repeat something now. Tell her to begin.' He looked at the Gryphon as if he thought it had some kind of authority over Alice.

Related Characters: The Mock-Turtle (speaker), Alice, The Gryphon
Page Number: 86
Explanation and Analysis:

In these lines, the Mock Turtle confronts Alice on the quality of her storytelling, specifically on the form in which she recounts her previous Wonderland adventures. It is notable that the text does not give any of the direct speech from Alice, so the reader has no access to whether her words were actually inaccurate or badly composed.

The Mock Turtle’s interjection is almost identical to Alice’s own interruption of his story just one chapter earlier. We could very well charge him with the same “dullness” Alice was accused of earlier, in particular because the Turtle wants Alice to “repeat” instead of produce new information. That repetition causes Alice to compare this experience with her lessons in school, a further irony since the Mock Turtle had before said he wanted to move from lessons into games. And when Alice does try to repeat what she said, the game-song of the Lobster Quadrille instead fills her mind, causing her to recite a bizarre poem.

It is also worth examining what line of Alice’s story causes the Turtle so much irritation: the moment when the Caterpillar corrects her citation of “You are old, Father William”—which is the first part of Robert Southey’s 1799 poem “The Old Man’s Comforts and How He Gained Them.” The poem is an example of the more traditional moralizing literature Carroll pokes fun at throughout the text. As with the Caterpillar, the Mock Turtle explicitly denies the line in favor of the more playful and nonsensical Lobster Quadrille. But at the same time he also corrects Alice and looks to the Gryphon for authority, so he simultaneously plays both the adult figure and the silly disruptor of tradition.

Chapter 12 Quotes

'Who cares for you?' said Alice, (she had grown to her full size by this time.) 'You're nothing but a pack of cards!'

Related Characters: Alice (speaker)
Related Symbols: Eating and Drinking, Growing and Shrinking
Page Number: 102
Explanation and Analysis:

Alice responds, here, to the Queen's favorite exclamation of “Off with her head!” and her comment causes the cards to rise up and fly at her. The fight is provoked by Alice’s increased confidence about the irrational proceedings of the trial, in which she continues to reject the false evidence and malpractice, in particular the Queen’s wish for the sentence to come before the verdict.

Alice’s maturation comes to a conclusion in these lines in several ways. She has been growing physically larger throughout the court proceedings (not based on eating anything, but rather of her own accord), and this physical enlargement is mirrored by her increased confidence. That confidence comes across in her flat-out rejection of the Queen as “nothing but a pack of cards.” Whereas before Alice took issue with specific thoughts or speeches of the Queen, here she simply rejects her as an inanimate object. This is possible because of Alice’s new size, for whereas before the cards were equally large as Alice, here they have been restored to their proper dimensions. Thus they can be seen not as threats or characters, but simply as objects.

Carroll completes this idea by making the lines serve as the transition from Alice’s dreamworld back into her reality. As the cards fly at her, Alice awakens, indicating that, having learnt all she can from Wonderland, she can now depart. These details present the dream as a space for character and personal development, in which Alice must develop the maturation and self-confidence necessary to reject mad authoritarian figures like the Queen and acquire her own moral compass.

'Oh, I've had such a curious dream!' said Alice, and she told her sister, as well as she could remember them, all these strange Adventures of hers that you have just been reading about; and when she had finished, her sister kissed her, and said, 'It WAS a curious dream, dear, certainly: but now run in to your tea; it's getting late.'

Related Characters: Alice (speaker), Alice’s Sister (speaker)
Page Number: 102
Explanation and Analysis:

Alice and her sister converse just after Alice has awoken from her Wonderland experience. After recounting the dream, Alice will depart and her sister will enter a strange reverie where she too lives in the world of Wonderland images for a time—as if Alice’s storytelling gives her access to the world and its lessons.

It is notable that Alice has explained her adventures already once before to the Mock Turtle, who listened but rejected the way in which she told the story. Though Alice’s sister is more receptive, affirming the curiosity of the dream, she also quickly moves on from the tale, returning Alice to the normal rituals of waking life. This ritual, however, is “tea,” an experience that Alice has now come to see not as an ordinary, simple process, but rather one filled with the madness of Wonderland. Furthermore, Alice’s sister justices the ritual with an allusion to time—“it’s getting late”—which is the exact theme called into question by Alice’s tea with the Hatter, Hare, and Dormouse. (Remember, it was the Hatter who called time a "him," and the three had a broken timepiece stuck at six o’clock.)

Carroll’s text, then, ends on an ambiguous note. On the one hand, Alice seems to have been restored to the normal rituals of her childhood life, in which Wonderland would simply be a magical outing. The sister’s emphasis on the past tense of “WAS” highlights that interpretation. But on the other hand, the references to specific symbols in the dream imply that these symbols may have taken on new, more complicated meanings in Alice’s life. Considering Alice’s interest in how past identity defines the present self, perhaps the “WAS” should not be written off so quickly. That her sister can access Wonderland through Alice’s storytelling also implies that the tales hold the power to affect others and to apply to "real" life. Furthermore, we have the notable reintroduction of the narrative voice, here enacted through the “you” that explicitly addresses the reader. Whereas before the “I” explained the term “suppressed” to both Alice within the text and to the reader, here he refers directly to us.

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Chapter 1 - Down the Rabbit-Hole
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The rabbit hole goes on and on like a vertical tunnel, and as Alice falls, it is as if time slows down – she is able to consider everything... (full context)
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As she keeps falling, Alice wonders if she might come out the other side of the world, and if people... (full context)
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Alice follows, but when she turns a corner, she loses sight of the rabbit and finds... (full context)
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Alice wishes she could “shut up like a telescope”, and goes back to the table to... (full context)
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Alice feels very strange, like she is shrinking, and in fact she is. She has become... (full context)
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Alice finds a box under the table and in it, a tiny cake with the words... (full context)
Chapter 2 - The Pool of Tears
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Alice suddenly feels herself starting to grow. She can see her feet disappear beneath her as... (full context)
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Alice looks down at the tiny door. She can now only peer through the doorway with... (full context)
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Alice, in quite a state, thinks she must take her chance and ask the rabbit for... (full context)
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Then Alice thinks of all the things she knows. She tries to remember a particular rhyme about... (full context)
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Alice realizes that she is now wearing one of the white rabbit’s gloves. She is shrinking... (full context)
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Alice spots another creature in the pool, swimming far off. She sees that it is a... (full context)
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So Alice tries to talk about dogs instead, and recalls a particularly good specimen belonging to her... (full context)
Chapter 3 - A Caucus-Race and a Long Tale
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...they all remain as wet as ever. So the Dodo suggests they have a Caucus-race. Alice, recognizing that the Dodo expects someone to say something in response, asks what a Caucus-race... (full context)
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After a great deal of thought, the Dodo announces that everybody has won and that Alice must give the prizes. Alice looks in her pocket and luckily finds a box of... (full context)
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Then, Alice urges the Mouse to tell her his story. It is a sad tale, says the... (full context)
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They all wish the Mouse would come back. Alice misses Dinah the cat again – she thinks Dinah could easily bring the Mouse back... (full context)
Chapter 4 - The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill
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...gloves. He is very worried about being late, thinking the Duchess will have him executed. Alice tries to find his things but the room has changed out of all recognition. The... (full context)
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Alice soon arrives at a little house with ‘W. Rabbit’ on a plaque next to the... (full context)
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Alice also finds a bottle of liquid – it is unlabeled but sure to make something... (full context)
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Alice has a conversation with herself about the pros and cons of never growing older, until... (full context)
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After a brief silence, Alice hears the sound of a cart and a group of the gardener’s animal friends getting... (full context)
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The White Rabbit suggests burning the house down, but Alice threatens to set Dinah on him. Then the animals try throwing pebbles in through the... (full context)
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But Alice doesn’t know how to become the right size. As she considers the problem, she is... (full context)
Chapter 5 - Advice from a Caterpillar
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The Caterpillar lazily addresses Alice, by saying “Who are YOU?” Alice explains that she doesn’t know how to answer, having... (full context)
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After another long pause, the Caterpillar wants to know what size Alice would like to be. Alice says she doesn’t have a particular preference and that it’s... (full context)
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Alice is left to examine the mushroom. Not knowing which side is which, she puts her... (full context)
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As Alice swoops, a pigeon flaps into her, calling her a serpent. She insists she isn’t a... (full context)
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Alice remembers the mushroom, and tries eating again. Bit by bit, she transforms herself into her... (full context)
Chapter 6 - Pig and Pepper
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Alice stands outside, trying to decide what to do. She is interrupted by the appearance of... (full context)
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When Alice approaches, The Frog tells her that there is no use knocking, because he is outside,... (full context)
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...and a plate comes flying out, skimming the Frog’s head. He still will not give Alice a proper answer and she feels quite frustrated at everybody’s contrariness, so she lets herself... (full context)
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...is putting in the soup; everybody except a cat, which sits on the hearth, smiling. Alice asks the group nervously why the cat is smiling, and the Duchess merely explains that... (full context)
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Alice shouts at the cook to stop and the Duchess says angrily that the world would... (full context)
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Then the Duchess throws the baby to Alice to nurse while she gets ready for the croquet match. With great difficulty, Alice figures... (full context)
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The Cheshire Cat appears, grinning as before. Alice asks it which way to go. The Cat replies that the answer depends where she... (full context)
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The Cat asks Alice if she is going to play croquet with the Queen today but Alice hasn’t been... (full context)
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Alice decides to go towards the March Hare, thinking a Hare is much more interesting than... (full context)
Chapter 7 - A Mad Tea-Party
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...three creatures, a Hatter, a Hare and a Dormouse, sit at one end, though as Alice approaches they insist there is no room for her. She sits down at the other... (full context)
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...until the Hatter speaks up and asks “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” Alice is very glad to be given a riddle and is confident she can guess it.... (full context)
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Then the Hatter gets out his pocket watch and asks Alice what day it is. The watch is two days off. He blames the Hare for... (full context)
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Alice remarks that they ought to do something better with their time than waste it on... (full context)
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The Hatter changes the subject and wants Alice to tell them a story. Alice nominates the Dormouse instead, not knowing a story to... (full context)
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Alice begins to get impatient with this implausible story and the Dormouse’s evasive answers. He says... (full context)
Chapter 8 - The Queen's Croquet-Ground
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Alice enters the beautiful garden and sees a rose tree, full of white roses, and a... (full context)
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Alice wants to know why they are painting the roses. The gardeners become very sheepish. Two... (full context)
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Alice decides not to genuflect like the gardeners have done, and the Queen notices her and... (full context)
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...before they can explain, she has ordered them to be beheaded. The cards run to Alice for protection and she puts them in a plant pot. The three soldiers whose job... (full context)
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...arches and the flamingo that are the mallets and hedgehogs that form balls get ready. Alice has some trouble getting her flamingo tucked under her arm to strike the hedgehog, who... (full context)
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Just then, the Cheshire Cat appears, and Alice waits for its ears to arrive, before telling it her qualms with the Queen’s version... (full context)
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Alice goes back to the game and, finding the Queen’s accusations flying, goes in search of... (full context)
Chapter 9 - The Mock-Turtle's Story
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The Duchess is very happy to see Alice – her mood is quite changed from earlier – and she takes Alice’s arm to... (full context)
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The Duchess says that is weary of putting her arm around Alice’s waist because of her flamingo’s temper. Flamingoes bite, just like mustard, she says. Alice tells... (full context)
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...the executing and quite soon, there are neither players nor arches left. The Queen asks Alice if she knows the Mock-Turtle (the thing Mock-Turtle soup is made from, she explains). Alice... (full context)
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...The Gryphon says that the Mock-Turtle isn’t really sad, it’s just his fancy, and announces Alice to him. She would like to hear his history. The Turtle says he will tell... (full context)
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...he was taught by an old Turtle whom they called Tortoise, because he “taught us”. Alice doesn’t see the logic here and the Turtle and Gryphon think she’s very simple. The... (full context)
Chapter 10 - The Lobster Quadrille
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The Mock Turtle is all choked up from sobbing, and the Gryphon shows Alice how he beats the Turtle’s back to help him clear his throat. The Turtle recovers,... (full context)
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At this point the Gryphon and the Mock-Turtle get very excited and propose to show Alice the dance. The Gryphon nominates the Turtle to sing. They begin dancing around Alice, occasionally... (full context)
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The Gryphon has lots more to say about the whiting. It tells Alice that it is called a Whiting because it “does the boots and shoes”. She figures... (full context)
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Alice says she can describe her adventures from this morning, but that yesterday she was a... (full context)
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Alice feels miserable again. She wishes things could be as before. But the Gryphon and the... (full context)
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...is heard in the distance, announcing the beginning of “the trial”, and the Gryphon pulls Alice after him, leaving the Turtle singing plaintively on the rock. (full context)
Chapter 11 - Who Stole the Tarts?
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...is a table of tasty-looking tarts in the center – the court is just as Alice remembers courts described in the books she’s read. She can tell that the man in... (full context)
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Alice points out to the Gryphon the twelve jurors, who are all birds and other creatures... (full context)
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Alice feels a strange sensation and realizes that she’s growing again. The Dormouse notices the bench... (full context)
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...from the court, the cook disappears, so the White Rabbit calls the next witness. To Alice’s complete surprise, her own name is called. (full context)
Chapter 12 - Alice's Evidence
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Alice forgets that she has been growing all this time, and as she hurriedly leaves her... (full context)
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The King begins by asking Alice what she knows of this affair. Alice says she knows nothing. The King thinks this... (full context)
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...announces that anybody more than a mile high must leave the court. He protests that Alice is a mile high but Alice refuses to leave. She says she will not abide... (full context)
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Alice sticks up for the Knave – she thinks they must first read the verses to... (full context)
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...out another phrase that seems to suggest that the Knave gave the tarts to someone. Alice finds another that suggests the tarts were returned. At this, the King spots the table... (full context)
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...consider their verdict. The Queen thinks the sentence should come before the verdict, to which Alice complains that she is talking nonsense. The Queen orders Alice’s head to be cut off,... (full context)
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Alice tries to tell her sister all about her adventures in Wonderland. Her sister listens kindly... (full context)