The Gryphon has had Alice into a courtroom, where a trial is mostly about to happen.
The King and Queen of Hearts are presiding (and the King looks very silly, since he could be wearing his crown in addition to a judge’s wig). The Knave of Hearts — that is, the Jack — whom we saw briefly in Chapter 8, is standing in chains, apparently accused of some crime. The White Rabbit is acting as court herald, holding a scroll in a single hand and a trumpet when you look at the other, as well as in the jury box sit twelve animals that are little acting as jurors. On a table stands a plate of tarts — delicious-looking fruit pastries — whose presence makes Alice very hungry.
Alice notices that the twelve jurors have slates and pencils (that is, little chalkboards and pieces of chalk, when planning on taking notes). When she asks the Gryphon what they are writing prior to the trial has even begun, the Gryphon explains that they’re writing out their very own names, just in case they forget them during the trial. Alice, startled by this idiocy, exclaims out loud, “Stupid things!”, and sees to her amazement which they write down whatever she says that they are so suggestible.
Irritated by the squeaking pencil of just one of the jurors — it is Bill the Lizard, in reality (who came down the Rabbit’s chimney in Chapter 4) — Alice sneaks up and takes it away from him, so that the confused Bill tries during the remaining portion of the trial to write on his slate together with finger.
The White is ordered by the King Rabbit to learn the “accusation.” The Rabbit unrolls his scroll, and reads the beginning of the nursery rhyme that goes: “The Queen of Hearts, she made some tarts, all on a summer day; / The Knave of Hearts, he stole those tarts and took them quite away!” It seems that here is the accusation up against the Knave of Hearts. The King asks the jury for its verdict, but the Rabbit reminds him that they need to first hear the evidence. So the Rabbit blows his trumpet to summon the first witness — who turns off to be the hatter that is mad.
The King interrogates the terrified Hatter, but the questioning is ridiculous with no information that is real from it. Although this is being conducted, Alice suddenly finds that she has started to cultivate again, and is getting large every quickly. The Dormouse, that is sitting next to her, complains that he’s being squished and moves to another seat.
The interrogation continues, but the Hatter can’t remember anything he’s asked, and not gets to finish his sentences anyway. People in the audience — namely, two guinea pigs — keep cheering, and tend to be suppressed by the officers associated with court. (Carroll explains that this is done by putting the guinea pigs into a canvas that is large, and sitting in it. This is simply not, of course, how people are “suppressed” in courtrooms anywhere outside of Wonderland.) Losing her temper, the Queen orders the Hatter beheaded, but the King allows him to leave.
The witness that is next the Duchess’s cook (from Chapter 6), who does not want to answer any queries after all. As soon as the King attempts to cross-examine her by asking her what tarts are constructed of, she replies, “Pepper.” The Dormouse — that will be talking with its sleep — suddenly says “Treacle” (it must be thinking about the story in regards to the molasses-well which it told Alice in Chapter 7), additionally the Queen loses her temper completely. The Dormouse has been tossed out of the court, the Cook has disappeared by the time. The King tells the Queen she must cross-examine the next witness. Alice, very curious as to who will be called next in this ludicrous trial, is shocked to listen to the Rabbit read off its scroll: “Alice!”
Chapter 12 – Alice’s Evidence
Hearing her name called as a witness, Alice calls out, “Here!”, and jumps up to go to the front associated with the courtroom. But she has forgotten that she’s been growing, and it is now gigantic compared to everyone else. The side of her skirt knocks over the jury box, and all the little animals tumble out. Since Alice remembers accidentally knocking over a bowl of goldfish a week ago, she has the confused idea that if she doesn’t put them all back in they’ll die, so she quickly tucks them back into the jury box again. (Bill the Lizard gets stuck in upside down, so Alice needs to put him side that is back right.)
The King calls the court to order, and asks Alice what she is aware of the matter regarding the Knave in addition to tarts. Alice says she does not know anything about any of it, together with King and jury try for a while to determine whether this is certainly important or unimportant. Then the King, that has been busily writing in the notebook, announces that the court’s Rule Number Forty-two says that all people more than a mile high leave the court must. Everyone stares at Alice, who protests that she’s not a mile high (though this woman is certainly now very big!), and therefore the King just made the rule up anyway. The King claims so it’s the oldest rule into the book. For this Alice cleverly replies it’s the oldest rule in the book, it ought to be Number One; the King turns pale, shuts his notebook and changes the subject that it if.
The White Rabbit announces that a piece that is new of is here — a letter which should have been written by the Knave of Hearts and really should be examined as evidence. The paper is not when you look at the Knave’s handwriting, and has no name signed to it, nevertheless the King and Queen decide that this proves the Knave’s guilt in addition to Queen starts to condemn him to death. However, Alice, who is now so large in comparison to the others that she actually is not scared of the King or Queen, interrupts them, saying that almost nothing has been proved in addition they don’t even understand what the paper says. The King orders the White Rabbit to aloud read it.
The paper turns out to contain a nonsense poem, that your King tries to interpret in relation to the Knave. This really is difficult, since the poem makes no sense, nevertheless the King finds meaning since he is a playing card, and thus made of cardboard) in it anyway: for instance, it mentions somebody who can’t swim, and the Knave of Hearts certainly can’t swim (. It mentions somebody having a fit, that your King things might relate to the Queen. The Queen grows enraged and throws a bottle of ink at Bill the Lizard at the suggestion that she has ever had a fit.
The King, making a pun that is poorly-received the term “fit,” gets annoyed when nobody laughs, and tells the jury to take into account its verdict. The Queen demands, “Sentence first — verdict afterwards,” but Alice protests, “Stuff and nonsense! The thought of getting the sentence first!” Enraged, the Queen orders Alice’s check out be cut off, but nobody moves to do it (since Alice is now huge). Alice, emboldened, shouts, “Who cares for your needs? You’re nothing but a pack of cards!”
When she yells this, suddenly the pack that is entire of rises up into the air and comes flying down onto her. Alice, who has got by this time reached her full size again, screams and tries to beat them off — but opens her eyes to find herself lying in the river bank, where her sister is gently brushing away some dead leaves which have ninjaessays drifted down onto her face.
Alice is amazed to discover that she has been asleep for a very time that is long. She is told by her sister all about her astonishing dream. Her and tells her to run in and have her tea when she is done, her sister kisses. But as Alice trots off, still marvelling about her wonderful dream, her sister sits regarding the river bank, also thinking over everything Alice has shared with her.
Watching the setting sun, she falls into a daydream, and appears to see all Alice’s adventures for herself. But she knows that herself back in the real world again if she opens her eyes, she’ll find. And and finally, she thinks about how when Alice is a grown woman with children of her own, she’s going to inform them this story, and watch their eyes grow bright with wonder; and she thinks about how exactly Alice will recall the joys and griefs of her own childhood, and — as Carroll puts it into the final words — “these happy summer days.”