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Alice in Wonderland character
Dormouse
Mallymkun, The Dormouse
First appearance Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Created by Lewis Carroll
Nickname(s) Mally
Species Dormouse
Gender Female
Occupation Swordswoman
Significant other(s) March Hare
Mad Hatter
Nationality Wonderland

The Dormouse is a character in "A Mad Tea Party", often popularly known as "The Mad Hatter's Tea Party", Chapter VII from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. He sat between the March Hare and the Mad Hatter. They were using him, while he slept, as a cushion when Alice arrives at the start of the chapter.

The Dormouse is always falling asleep during the scene, waking up every so often, for example to say: `You might just as well say,' added the Dormouse, who seemed to be talking in his sleep, `that "I breathe when I sleep" is the same thing as "I sleep when I breathe"!'He also tells a story about three young girls who live in a treacle well, live on treacle, and draw pictures of things beginning with M, including mousetraps, memory and muchness.

Eventually the Mad Hatter and the March Hare put his head in a teapot. He later appears, equally sleepy, at the Knave of Hearts' trial and voices resentment at Alice for growing, and his last interaction with any character is his being "suppressed" (amongst other things) by the Queen for shouting out that tarts are made of treacle.

Cultural references

use is characterized by a slow and sleepy demeanor. He sits between the Mad Hatter and the March Hare during the tea-party scene in Chapter 7, and the duo often use the poor beast as a cushion or armrest whenever he falls into a doze. When he is awake, he tells Alice a strange story about three sisters who live in a treacle well and draw pictures of things beginning with the letter M, including mousetraps, memory and muchness. The Dormouse later appears amongst the audience for the Knave of Hearts' trial in Chapter 11.

The Dormouse is referenced in popular culture by two American rock bands: Firstly by Jefferson Airplane in the song "White Rabbit", in which the last line of the song, repeated twice and building through a crescendo is "Remember what the dormouse said: feed your head, feed your head". Secondly by the progressive metal band Queensrÿche in the song "Right Side of My Mind". The British rock band Radiohead also refer to the dormouse in the song "Knives Out" with the lyrics, "Catch the mouse/ Don't look down/ Shove it in your mouth" and "Cook him up/ Squash his head/ Put him in the pot".

The Dormouse makes an appearance in American McGee's Alice, where he and the March Hare are held captive as the Mad Hatter's experiments. He is tied to a dissection table and continues to fall asleep from the Hatter's medicines.

In the SyFy TV Miniseries Alice, the Dormouse is a sidekick of the Hatter.

Alice in the country of Hearts The Doormouse is named Peirce Villiers. his role is the doormouse. He is portrayed as fast awake. He drinks lots of coffee and suffers from insomia.


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