The Cheshire Cat

Known for his distinctive mischievous grin, the Cheshire Cat of Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has had a notable impact on popular culture. Still, despite years of painstaking research, historians have not been able to reach a consensus on what inspired Carroll—who was born in Cheshire—to create the character in the first place. Several church carvings of grinning cats have been variously identified as Carroll’s inspiration, but so has what food product? Discuss

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