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The Red Queen behaves like the quintessential Victorian
governess. She is overbearing, meticulously obsessive about manners,
and civil in a self-righteous and supercilious way. Like the vast
majority of the characters in Through the Looking-Glass,
the Red Queen makes definitive statements with little regard for
an abiding logic that would support them. Her assertions are often
arbitrary recitations of strict behavioral advice, such as, “Speak
when you’re spoken to!” When Alice reveals the inadequacy of the
logic behind the Red Queen’s statements, the Red Queen asserts her
arbitrary position of authority as a justification. The Red Queen’s
constant badgering of and competition with Alice indicates profound
feelings of antagonism. She fits into the framework of Alice’s dream
as representative arbitrary authority, serving as a caricature of
an overbearing governess figure at odds with her young charges.