Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
by Lewis Carroll
Character in: Wonderland
The Mouse is one of the first creatures that Alice offends by mentioning her cat, Dinah. There's a certain morbid humor in Alice's inability to understand that mice might not want to hear about animals that slaughter them. The Mouse also parodies the boring, just-memorizing-things-without-thinking kind of scholar. In order to get the group of animals and birds who fell into Alice's tears dry, the Mouse starts reciting a history of England. It actually seems quite radical for Carroll to imply that English history is completely boring and that he'd rather tell a story about a pretend world.