Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

is a very ugly relation of the Queen. One minute furious, the next affectionate, the Duchess is a chaotic character and keeps a chaotic household, with a violent cook and a baby that looks very much like a pig, all presided over by the Cheshire Cat. The Duchess is sentenced to death by the Queen and is herself very fond of moralizing and justice, but always manages to escape with her head intact.

The Duchess Quotes in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The Alice's Adventures in Wonderland quotes below are all either spoken by The Duchess or refer to The Duchess. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Bantam Classics edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland published in 1984.
Chapter 6 Quotes

'If everybody minded their own business,' the Duchess said in a hoarse growl, 'the world would go round a deal faster than it does.'

Related Characters: The Duchess (speaker)
Page Number: 46
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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
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The Duchess Character Timeline in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The timeline below shows where the character The Duchess appears in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2 - The Pool of Tears
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...of white gloves. The rabbit is still worrying about being late – he says the Duchess will be very mad to be kept waiting. (full context)
Chapter 4 - The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill
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...looking for his fan and 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... (full context)
Chapter 6 - Pig and Pepper
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...are exchanging invitations. The Fish footman hands the Frog one from the Queen to the Duchess to play croquet and the Frog delivers the same invitation in reverse. Then the footmen... (full context)
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...coming straight away into a kitchen, where a cook is stirring a cauldron and the Duchess is sitting, nursing a baby. (full context)
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...the hearth, smiling. Alice asks the group nervously why the cat is smiling, and the Duchess merely explains that it is a “Cheshire” cat and then shouts “Pig!” at her baby.... (full context)
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Alice shouts at the cook to stop and the Duchess says angrily that the world would go round faster if people stopped interfering. The Duchess... (full context)
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Then the Duchess throws the baby to Alice to nurse while she gets ready for the croquet match.... (full context)
Chapter 8 - The Queen's Croquet-Ground
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...procession. Alice walks beside the White Rabbit and asks him if he has seen the Duchess. The Rabbit swiftly shushes Alice – the Duchess has been sentenced to execution for boxing... (full context)
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...need a head. The Queen, meanwhile, would like to behead everybody. Alice suggests getting the Duchess, since she owns the Cheshire Cat, but by the time the Duchess is fetched, the... (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 –... (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... (full context)
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The Duchess runs off and they continue with the game, but there is so much cause for... (full context)