Alice is walking in the forest of Wonderland after visiting the Duchess and saving the little pig from the pots and pans of the cook. Then she sees the Cheshire Cat and has a chat with it. The Cheshire Cat declares that everyone in Wonderland is mad while Alice asks for directions.
The conversation ends abruptly when the Cat vanishes, but he wants to ask Alice about the pig and suddenly appears again. This happens a couple of times and Alice is getting dizzy from the Cat's vanishing acts. Alice asks the Cheshire Cat not to do it so suddenly.
Therefore next time the Cat disappears very slowly beginning with the end of the tail and ending with the grin. The grin being the last thing to vanish, it stays in the air by itself for some time, and Alice is pretty amazed by this:
"Well, I've often seen a cat without a grin; but a grin without the cat! It's the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!"
Cheshire Cat is one of the most loved characters in Wonderland. This picture of the Cheshire Cat shows how he was illustrated by Sir John Tenniel in 1865 for Lewis Carroll’s book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.
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Cheshire Cat Quotes and pictures