Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland begins with Alice, a young girl, sitting on a bank quite bored and sleepy. All of a sudden she sees a White Rabbit running by saying “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!” The narration points out that when Alice “thought about it afterwards, it occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time it all seemed quite natural.”
If you read carefully you may have noticed that not all the animals Alice interacts with speak. On page 38, Alice who at this point is quite small, meets a puppy who in comparison seems like a giant. The puppy “barks hoarsely,” but never actually speaks to Alice. Why do you think this is the only animal character in Wonderland that does not speak? Has it wandered in from the real world? Is it because it is a puppy and not a grown dog? Does it have something to do with dogs being “man’s best friend?” What do you think?