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Grin Like A Cheshire Cat

Chapter 4

グリン・ライク・ア・チェシャー・キャット

Gurin Raiku A Cheshā Kyatto

Caption

Are you going that way? Or are you...

Chapter Information

Volume

1

Chapter

4

Cover Characters

Cheshire Cat

Alice?

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Grin Like A Cheshire Cat, stylised as Grin like a Cheshire-Cat., is chapter 4 of the Are You Alice? manga series. It also corresponds to track 3 of the drama CD Drink Me.

SynopsisEdit

A mistress of the Cheshire Cat asks him if he should go back to the Duchess who might be worried; the Cheshire Cat asks back who his mistress is, which made the mistress annoyed. She tells him that no matter how much he struggles, she cannot become his mistress, the reason why he can only stay with her for one night – like his life in which he is bound by his name. The mistress tells him that, despite her deep love for him, he would only forget everything they have been through.

At the Mad Hatter's apartment, Alice and the Mad Hatter are having tea. Due to his curiosity, Alice opens a sealed door, where a mountain of hats floods upon him; inside, it is a room for making hats. Alice questions him why he does not seem to be serious in selling such, but the Mad Hatter tells him that the shop is currently closed. Alice becomes bored and tells him that he should be killing the White Rabbit by then. The Mad Hatter advises him to find the mouse before doing so, as the latter is the only informant in Wonderland who may have knowledge of the White Rabbit's whereabouts. Alice then waits for the Mad Hatter to finish his tea, so they can begin the search for the Dormouse.

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The Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit talk about Alice

Meanwhile, the Cheshire Cat comes to visit the White Rabbit in his place. The White Rabbit asks the Cheshire Cat where his dear mistress is, to which the Cheshire Cat responds that she was eaten by his master. Unexpectedly, the White Rabbit invites the Cheshire Cat to a dinner and tauntingly asks if he does not mind having scrap, like a cat would, to which the Cheshire Cat replies that, for once, he would be having a splendid meal and thanks him. The Cheshire Cat indicates that he always thought of the food and wine that the White Rabbit prepares for her everyday, but it came to his mind that she cannot eat anyway. Annoyed, the White Rabbit asks the Cheshire Cat what he wants. He answers the White Rabbit that he came to see Alice. The Cheshire Cat points out that the current Alice is very lovely and honest, and thinks of Alice as "easily fooled". The White Rabbit shouts out that Alice is not "Alice" and points that he only got lost in Wonderland. The Cheshire Cat finds the reason why Alice keeps his name. The White Rabbit encourages the Cheshire Cat to not play numb because, in his opinion, the Cheshire Cat himself gave the name "Alice" to the current candidate. The Cheshire Cat indicates that a powerless cat like him cannot give a name to someone, and he, too, does not have a name. Noticing the White Rabbit, he asks him what his worries are, which the White Rabbit cannot answer to; he answers that they are going to say goodbye to him anyway. In addition, he adds that if the Cheshire Cat likes the current Alice, he must prepare Alice's grave, even though there is no name to it. Succeeding the sermon of the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat urges him to do whatever he likes, and also points out that he came in that place to warn the White Rabbit about something, that the current Alice is not like the other Alices, and thus should not be underestimated.

Back at the alley, Alice is seen practicing his shooting skills, which he admits is unrefined. With much exasperation, he seemingly becomes jealous towards the Mad Hatter who can do much better than him when using a gun, expressing his "fright" for the Hatter rather than the Regrets. A strange fellow suddenly arrives which makes Alice filled with aghast. He then asks what kind of being it is, describing it as disgusting. The fellow states that distinguishing someone met for the first time as "disgusting" is rude; Alice becomes more surprised that it can speak. Alice screams as the Fish Footman explains that he is to escort Alice to his mistress, as the Cheshire Cat fails to do so. The Fish Footman finally "fishes" Alice with his fishing hook to bring to the latter's mistress; Alice shouts for help from the Mad Hatter, who feigns him with ignorance.

As they arrive at a mansion, a little girl is shown and asks Alice if he is the current Alice of Wonderland; she introduces herself to Alice as the Duchess. Alice notices that, however he looks at her, she is just a kid for him. He asks her if she is the one who called for him, but she tells him that Alice is cute. The Fish Footman excuses himself, and Alice and the little girl are left alone. The Duchess lets Alice sit down as she gets tea for her "special guest". Looking outside the window, Alice notices a crowd of people, wherein he describes their actions as "stupid"; however, the Duchess explains that it is in fact a welcome parade for the arrival of Alice of Wonderland.

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The Duke enters the Duchess' mansion

While drinking tea, Alice perceives that the Duchess is hurt, so he removes his necktie and ties it around her palm. She thanks him and asks if he likes Wonderland. Alice responds that Wonderland is where he shall be living from then on and wonders if he indeed would like it. He asserts that he shall kill the White Rabbit, then he shall be free to do whatever he likes. Given this enthusiasm, the Duchess asks Alice if he still desires to be Alice of Wonderland, since, in the past, the Alice candidates have sacrificed so much, even to the point of abandoning their past and important possessions. Suddenly, the Duchess becomes wary that it is back, ordering the Fish Footman to let Alice escape the room they are locked in. The Duchess bids Alice goodbye and promises to have tea next time. She wants to know more about Alice, though Alice does not know anything about her. While walking down the hallway with the Fish Footman, Alice finds a colossal monster entering the Duchess's hall.

Elsewhere, the Cheshire Cat, describing himself as a cold-hearted cat, laments that there is nothing more he can do for his worn-out mistress. The chapters ends with a picture of a belt lying on the streets, seemingly detached from its owner.

TriviaEdit

  • During Lewis Carroll's days, "grin like a Cheshire cat" was a common phrase, but it had unknown origins. However, in Cheshire (where Carroll was born), inns carried signs of grinning lions and cheeses were often molded into the shapes of grinning cats. Real-life cats, however, cannot actually grin; instead, to show happiness, they rely on body language.
  • It is at this point that the manga and drama CD split temporarily: in the drama CD, it cuts straight to the events in the Pool of Tears, while in the manga, it does not occur until chapter 22
    • Furthermore, unlike in the drama CD, the Cheshire Cat is not shown in bed with a woman, and there is no indication that the Duchess and the Duke are actual characters. The White Rabbit is less violent right off the bat with the Cheshire Cat, shown in a good mood until the Cheshire Cat brings up the 89th Alice, and their conversation occurs at the beginning of the drama CD. Alice and the Mad Hatter are also joined by the Cheshire Cat in a conversation that expands until the end of the track.
  • The Mad Hatter taped the door to his shop with "keep out" tapes. However, Alice still manages to open the door without difficulty.
  • When showing images of a cartoon rabbit and mouse as stand-ins for the actual White Rabbit and the Dormouse, the rabbit cartoon looks vaguely like the old form of the White Rabbit.
  • Alice manages to knock over cans by yelling at them and stomping his feet while outside; in real life, this would be almost, if not, impossible.
  • The Fish Footman stands out among the characters, as he is the only actual animal with a title; the Dormouse is a complete human, while the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, and the March Hare have animal ears and traits.
  • When Alice uses his tie as a bandage for the Duchess, his tie remains missing until he gets it back later.