The Gryphon has had Alice into a courtroom, where an effort is mostly about to happen.
The King and Queen of Hearts are presiding (while the King looks very silly, since he could be wearing his crown along with 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 one single hand and a trumpet within the other, and in the jury box sit twelve animals that are little acting as jurors. On a plate is stood by a table of tarts — delicious-looking fruit pastries — whose presence makes Alice very hungry.
Alice notices that the twelve jurors have slates and pencils (this is certainly, little chalkboards and bits of chalk, to take notes). When she asks the Gryphon what they are writing ahead of the trial has even begun, the Gryphon explains that they’re writing down their very own names, in case they forget them throughout the trial. Alice, startled by click this idiocy, exclaims out loud, “Stupid things!”, and sees to her amazement that they write down whatever she says that they are so suggestible.
Irritated by the squeaking pencil of one associated with the jurors — it is Bill the Lizard, in reality (who came along the Rabbit’s chimney in Chapter 4) — Alice sneaks up and takes it away from him, and so the confused Bill tries during the remaining portion of the trial to publish on his slate along with his finger.
The King orders the White Rabbit to read the “accusation.” The Rabbit unrolls his scroll, and reads the start 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 would appear that this is actually the accusation contrary to the Knave of Hearts. The King asks the jury for the verdict, nevertheless the Rabbit reminds him that they must hear the data first. So that the Rabbit blows his trumpet to summon the very first witness — who turns off to be the hatter that is mad.
The King interrogates the terrified Hatter, however the questioning is ridiculous and no real information comes of it. Although this is being conducted, Alice suddenly finds that she has begun to develop again, and it is getting large every quickly. The Dormouse, that is sitting close to her, complains that he’s being squished and moves to a different seat.
The interrogation continues, however the Hatter can’t remember anything he’s asked, rather than extends to finish his sentences anyway. Members of the audience — namely, two guinea pigs — keep cheering, as they are suppressed because of the officers for the court. (Carroll explains that this is done by putting the guinea pigs into a canvas that is large, and sitting on them. This is not, needless to say, how individuals 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 next witness is the Duchess’s cook (from Chapter 6), who refuses to answer any questions at all. As soon as the King tries to cross-examine her by asking her what tarts are made of, she replies, “Pepper.” The Dormouse — that is talking with its sleep — suddenly says “Treacle” (it should 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. Because of the time the Dormouse has been tossed out from the court, the Cook has disappeared. The King tells the Queen she must cross-examine the next witness. Alice, very curious as to who will be called next in this trial that is ludicrous is shocked to know 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 attend the leading of the courtroom. But she has forgotten that she’s been growing, and it is now gigantic compared to everybody else. The edge of her skirt knocks over the jury box, and all the animals that are little out. Since Alice remembers accidentally knocking over a bowl of goldfish last week, she has the confused idea that them all back in they’ll die, so she quickly tucks them back into the jury box again if she doesn’t put. (Bill the Lizard gets stuck in upside down, so Alice has got to put him back right side up.)
The King calls the court to order, and asks Alice what she is aware of the situation for the Knave and the tarts. Alice says she doesn’t know any thing about this, plus the King and jury try for some time to figure out whether this is certainly unimportant or important. 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 must leave the court. Everyone stares at Alice, who protests that she’s not a mile high (though she is certainly now very that is big, and that 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 so it if it is the oldest rule within the book, it must be no. 1; the King turns pale, shuts his notebook and changes the niche.
The White Rabbit announces that a new piece of evidence has arrived — a letter which will need to have been written by the Knave of Hearts and should be examined as evidence. The paper isn’t within the Knave’s handwriting, and contains no true name signed to it, however the King and Queen decide that this proves the Knave’s guilt while the Queen starts to condemn him to death. However, Alice, that is now so large when compared to the others them, saying that nothing at all has been proved and they don’t even know what the paper says that she is not afraid of the King or Queen, interrupts. The King orders the White Rabbit to see clearly aloud.
The paper works out to contain a nonsense poem, that the King tries to interpret pertaining to the Knave. This really is difficult, considering that 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 (. Moreover it mentions somebody having a fit, which the King things might relate to the Queen. In the suggestion that she has ever endured a fit, the Queen grows enraged and throws a bottle of ink at Bill the Lizard.
The King, making a pun that is poorly-received your message “fit,” gets annoyed when nobody laughs, and tells the jury to think about its verdict. The Queen demands, “Sentence first — verdict afterwards,” but Alice protests, “Stuff and nonsense! The idea of obtaining the sentence first!” Enraged, the Queen orders Alice’s check out be take off, but nobody moves to get it done (since Alice is now huge). Alice, emboldened, shouts, “Who cares for you? You’re nothing but a pack of cards!”
When she yells this, suddenly the pack that is entire of rises up to the air and comes flying down onto her. Alice, that has by this time reached her full size again, screams and attempts to beat them off — but opens her eyes to locate herself lying regarding the river bank, where her sister is gently brushing away some dead leaves that have drifted down onto her face.
Alice is amazed to discover that she’s got been asleep for a tremendously few years. She tells her sister exactly about her astonishing dream. When this woman is done, her sister kisses her and tells her to perform in and have now her tea. But as Alice trots off, still marvelling about her dream that is wonderful sister sits on the river bank, also thinking over everything Alice has informed her.
Watching the setting sun, she falls into a daydream, and seems to see all Alice’s adventures for herself. But she knows that if she opens her eyes, she’ll find herself back into the real world again. And and finally, she thinks regarding how when Alice is a grown woman with children of her own, she’s going to let them know this story, and watch their eyes grow bright with wonder; and she thinks about how exactly Alice will remember the joys and griefs of her own childhood, and — as Carroll puts it into the final words — “these happy summer days.”