Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Alice, a curious, imaginative, strong-willed, and honest young English girl. She falls asleep by the side of a stream in a meadow and dreams that she follows a White Rabbit down his hole. She has many adventures in a Wonderland peopled by all kinds of strange characters and animals.
The White Rabbit
The White Rabbit, anxious, aristocratic, dandified. Alice follows him down his hole, which leads to an enchanted house and garden. The White Rabbit is a prime minister of sorts in Wonderland, for he has close contact with the royalty there and carries out their orders, although he does not institute policy.
The Queen of Hearts
The Queen of Hearts, the ill-tempered Queen of Wonderland. She constantly demands that everyone who crosses her be beheaded. Fond of croquet, she orders Alice to take part in a game in which flamingoes are used for mallets and hedgehogs for balls. She issues an order for Alice’s execution at the end of the book, but the order is never carried out because Alice accuses the Queen and all her company of being only a pack of cards, an assertion that turns out to be true.
The King of Hearts
The King of Hearts, a timid, kindly man. Although he is completely under his wife’s power because of her temper, he manages to pardon all her victims surreptitiously.
The Duchess, another member of royalty in Wonderland, a platitude-quoting, moralizing, ugly old woman who lives in a chaotic house. Deathly afraid of the Queen, she is ordered to be beheaded, but the sentence is never carried out.
The Cook, the Duchess’ servant. She flavors everything with pepper, insults her mistress, and throws cooking pans at her.
The Cheshire Cat
The Cheshire Cat, the Duchess’ grinning cat. Continually vanishing and reappearing, he is a great conversationalist, and he tells Alice much of the gossip in Wonderland.
The Duchess’ Baby
The Duchess’ Baby, a strange, howling, little infant. The baby turns into a pig when the Duchess entrusts it to Alice’s care.
The Knave of Hearts
The Knave of Hearts, a timid, poetry-writing fellow accused of stealing...
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