The caucus race is a game which can played by the inhabitants of wonderland. The Dodo Bird is the first one to mention it while turning around and saying "You're going to die in the Caucus Race." (ch22 p11) to Alice and the Mad Hatter, the first and one of the very few sentences he ever says.
- No one says "go".
- Everyone starts running when they want and stops running when they want.
- No one knows when this race will end.
The Dodo's thoughts on the Caucus Race (c26 p2):Edit
Friends, friends, multiplied as we spun round and round. We didn't need a goal. We didn't need a reason. On and on it continued, the caucus race. A story with no end in sight.
Friends, friends, disappeared as we spun round and round. We didn't reach the goal. We didn't know the reason. Why, why? Why...
...don't I remember the name of my friend? Who was it? Theare here, right? For what sake? I... I... I don't even know how to sing.
The original (from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland):Edit
"What IS a Caucus-race? said Alice [...] Why, said the Dodo, the best way to explain it is to do it. [...]
'First it marked out a race-course, in a sort of circle, (the exact shape doesn't matter, it said,) and then all the party were placed along the course, here and there. There was no One, tw'o, three, and away, but they began running when they liked, and left off when they liked, so that it was not easy to know when the race was over.However, when they had been running half an hour or so, and were quite dry again, the Dodo suddenly called out The race is over! and they all crowded round it, panting, and asking, But who has won? [...] At last the Dodo said, everybody has won, and all must have prizes. But who is to give the prizes? quite a chorus of voices asked. Why, SHE, of course, said the Dodo, pointing to Alice with one finger; and the whole party at once crowded round her, calling out in a confused way, Prizes! Prizes! Alice had no idea what to do, and in despair she put her hand in her pocket, and pulled out a box of comfits, [...] and handed them round as prizes. There was exactly one a-piece all round.
But she must have a prize herself, you know, said the Mouse. Of course, the Dodo replied very gravely. What else have you got in your pocket? he went on, turning to Alice. Only a thimble, said Alice sadly. Hand it over here, said the Dodo. [...] The Dodo solemnly presented the thimble, saying We beg your acceptance of this elegant thimble; and, when it had finished this short speech, they all cheered.
Alice thought the whole thing very absurd, but they all looked so grave that she did not dare to laugh; and, as she could not think of anything to say, she simply bowed, and took the thimble, looking as solemn as she could."