A Caucus Race and a Long Tale is the third chapter in Lewis Carroll's story Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Chapter SynopsisEdit

After swimming to shore, the first question is how to get dry again. The mouse gives them a very dry lecture on William the Conqueror. A Dodo decides that the best thing to dry them off would be a Caucus-Race. The Dodo marks out a race course in a sort of circle and the racers begin running whenever they feel like it, and everyone wins. Alice reaches into her pocket and finds a box of comfits which she distributes among the winners. The animals then beg the mouse to tell them something more and he recites a tale about a mouse and Fury. Alice mistakes his tale for his tail. This insults him and he leaves. She starts talking about her cat again, which frightens the rest of the animals away.


  • The Dodo is often thought to be a representation of Lewis Carrol himself. Lewis Carrol's actual name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, and he supposedly spoke with a stutter, so when he said his last name, it may have sounded like "Do-do-dodgson".