Don’t know whether I’ll watch Johnny Depp’s new version of Alice in Wonderland, but it brought to mind the famous Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, one of whose participants is the sleepy dormouse.
A dormouse is a rodent, and thus cousin to the mouse, but it is not a mouse. It does hibernate a lot, and according to Wikipedia, its Anglo-Norman name was “dormeus,”: the sleepy one.
In Roman times, the dormouse would more likely have been a dish than a participant at the tea party. Romans liked dormice as desserts, dipped in honey and poppy seeds. One more reason that I’m glad I’m not a Roman.
Curiouser and curiouser!