Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Summary
Lewis Carrol published Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865. It begins with Alice sitting alongside a riverbank with her sister. Alice’s sister is reading a picture-less book, which bores Alice. Then, she sees a White Rabbit run right past her. The rabbit takes a watch out of his waistcoat and exclaims that he’ll soon be late. After that, he jumps down a rabbit hole. This mysterious event intrigues Alice and she runs after him.
She jumps down the rabbit hole herself and is falling for quite a while. When she lands, she’s in a mysterious hall. She chases after the White Rabbit but loses sight of him. She finds a tiny golden key on a table. At first she thinks it might go to the door, but the key is way too small to fit the doors locks. She looks through the keyhole and sees a magnificent garden. Then, she finds a little bottle that has “Drink me” written on it. She does so, and shrinks to only 10 inches tall. Alice wants to get into the garden but realizes she forgot to key on the table.
Next, she finds a small cake with the words “Eat me” written on it. After a while, she begins growing until her head smacks the roof. This causes her to start crying gallons of tears, given her size. The White Rabbit comes back with a pair of white gloves and a large fan. To her surprise, she has begun shrinking again and is now 2 feet tall. She shrinks further and slips into a salt water sea of her tears. Alice finds a mouse in the sea but offends it after she talks about how her cat could eat him. Even more animals fall into the sea. Yet all make it to dry ground. They all went to get dry, so the animals suggest a caucus race. The rules are that they all run in a circle and everyone is a winner.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Summary – The Caucus Race
The Dodo bird wants to give out prizes, so they ask Alice what she has in her pocket. All she has are little pieces of candy, and a thimble. The animals take the candy and Alice gets her thimble back as a prize. Then everyone goes their separate ways after Alice mentions her cat. In chapter 4, the White Rabbit looks for the white gloves and the fan that he lost. When he sees Alice, he mistakes her for his maid. He commands her to run back to his house and fetch him a new set of gloves and a fan for the Duchess. She runs to his house and gets the items, but then gets distracted by a vial with no label. She drinks it, and starts to grow which makes it impossible to escape the house.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Summary – Alice Gets Stuck
The rabbit comes to his house and tries to get Alice out. A crowd has grown and they throw pebbles at the window and some hit her. The pebbles turn into little cakes which she eats and finally shrinks. She runs into the woods to figure out her next moves. Unfortunately, she runs into a puppy that is much larger than she is. She runs away and finds a caterpillar sitting atop a mushroom smoking a hookah. Alice tells the caterpillar about how she wishes she was her normal size.
Then, the caterpillar packs up and goes to leave. On his way out, he tells Alice that one side of the mushroom will make her taller and the other side will make her smaller. A pigeon flies over and accuses her of being s serpent, which she denies. Finally, Alice regains her normal size. Then, she sees a Fish-Footman run out of the woods. He has brought her an invitation to play Croquet with the Queen. Alice goes to the Queen’s house and walks in. Everyone was sneezing form all the pepper in the soup, which Alice noted. Then, she spots the Cheshire cat with his constant grin.
The Duchess hands her baby to Alice and leaves to go get ready to play croquet with the Queen. Alice goes to the Queen’s house and walks in. Everyone was sneezing from all the pepper in the soup, which Alice noted. Then, she spots the Cheshire cat with his constant grin. The Duchess hands her baby to Alice and leaves to go get ready to play croquet with the Queen. Then, the baby turns into a pig. Alice asks the Cheshire cat for directions. He tells where the Mad Hatter and the March Hare live. Then, he vanishes. His grin remains behind even after his body has left.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Summary – The March Hare’s Tea Party
Alice goes to the March Hare’s house and joins their tea party where it is always 6pm. It has been this way since the Mad Hatter sang at Queen of Heart’s concert. She became enraged and yelled “he’s murdering the time! Off with his head!”. This is one of the Queen’s most famous lines and is never actually done. Later, Alice leaves the tea party angry at the Mad Hatter’s rudeness. Then, Alice comes to the Queen’s garden.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Summary – Alice Plays Croquet with the Queen
She sees the Queen’s gardeners painting white roses with red paint. She heads in to play croquet and finds a strange scene. The players use flamingos for mallets, hedgehogs for balls, and soldiers stacked up for the goals. The Queen gets mad at the Cheshire cat and orders his head cut off. But, since his smile is so big makes it impossible. Then, the Queen invites Alice to see the Mock Turtle.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Summary – Alice Meets the Mock Turtle
To get there, Alice rides a Gryphon. The Mock Turtle tells her about how he uses to be a real turtle. Then, Alice is shown the Lobster Quadrille which is a bizarre dance where they throw a lobster into the sea. In chapter 11 Alice arrives at a courthouse where the Knave of Hearts is being tried. His crime is stealing the Queen’s tarts. Alice tips over jury box and the king declares the trial can’t continue until all jurors are returned. The Queen demands a verdict from Alice. When she refuses, the playing cards rush at her. Then, Alice hears her sister say “Wake up, Alice dear! Why, what a long sleep you’ve had!”.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Characters
The Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, Alice (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, Caterpillar, March Hare, The Dormouse, Mock Turtle, Duchess, Knave of Hearts, Bill the Lizard, King of Hearts, Fish Footman, Frog Footman, Dodo, Eaglet, Gryphon, Mouse, Bayard the Bloodhound, the duck, Pat, Bird in the Tree, Lory.
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