The Gryphon has brought Alice into a courtroom, where an effort is mostly about to occur.
The King and Queen of Hearts are presiding (and also the King looks very silly, since he is wearing his crown on top of 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 within one hand and a trumpet in the other, and in the jury box sit twelve little animals, 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 (this is certainly, little chalkboards and pieces of chalk, for taking notes). They are writing before the trial has even begun, the Gryphon explains that they are writing down their own names, in case they forget them during the trial when she asks the Gryphon what. Alice, startled by this idiocy, exclaims out loud, “Stupid things!”, and sees to her amazement that they are incredibly suggestible which they Bonuses take note of whatever she says.
Irritated by the squeaking pencil of just one associated with the jurors — it is Bill the Lizard, in fact (who came down the Rabbit’s chimney in Chapter 4) — Alice sneaks up and takes it far from him, therefore the confused Bill tries during the other countries in the trial to create on his slate along with his finger.
The White is ordered by the King Rabbit to read 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 this is actually the accusation up against the Knave of Hearts. The King asks the jury for the verdict, however the Rabbit reminds him that they need to hear the data first. So the Rabbit blows his trumpet to summon the very first witness — who turns out to function as Mad Hatter.
The King interrogates the terrified Hatter, but the questioning is ridiculous with no information that is real of it. Although this is going on, Alice suddenly finds that she has begun to grow again, and is getting large every quickly. The Dormouse, that is sitting next to her, complains that he’s being squished and moves to some other seat.
The interrogation continues, however the Hatter can’t remember anything he’s asked, and never extends to finish his sentences anyway. People in the audience — namely, two guinea pigs — keep cheering, as they are suppressed by the officers for the court. (Carroll explains that this is done by putting the guinea pigs into a large canvas bag, and sitting to them. This is simply not, of course, how people are “suppressed” in courtrooms anywhere away from Wonderland.) Losing her temper, the Queen orders the Hatter beheaded, but he is allowed by the King to go out of.
The next witness is the Duchess’s cook (from Chapter 6), who does not want to answer any questions after all. When the King tries to cross-examine her by asking her what tarts are made of, she replies, “Pepper.” The Dormouse — that will be talking in its sleep — suddenly says “Treacle” (it must be thinking of the whole 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 witness that is next. Alice, very curious as to that will be called next in this trial that is ludicrous 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 leading associated with 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 sorts of the little animals tumble out. Since Alice remembers accidentally knocking over a bowl of goldfish the other day, 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 knows about the problem for the Knave together with tarts. Alice says she doesn’t know any thing about this, in addition to King and jury try for some time to determine whether it is unimportant or important. Then your King, who has been busily writing in his 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 she is certainly now very big!), and therefore the King just made the rule up anyway. The King claims so it’s the rule that is oldest in the book. For this Alice cleverly replies that it if it is the oldest rule within the book, it should be number 1; the King turns pale, shuts his notebook and changes the niche.
The White Rabbit announces that a piece that is new of is here — a letter which should have been compiled by the Knave of Hearts and should be examined as evidence. The paper is not into the Knave’s handwriting, and has now no name signed to it, nevertheless the King and Queen decide that this proves the Knave’s guilt additionally the Queen starts to condemn him to death. However, Alice, who is now so large in comparison with 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, which the King tries to interpret with regards to the Knave. That is difficult, since the poem makes no sense, however the King finds meaning with it anyway: for instance, it mentions a person who can’t swim, and the Knave of Hearts certainly can’t swim (since he is a playing card, and thus manufactured from cardboard). Moreover it mentions somebody having a fit, that the 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 poorly-received pun on the phrase “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 concept of getting the sentence first!” Enraged, the Queen orders Alice’s head to be take off, but nobody moves to get it done (since Alice is currently huge). Alice, emboldened, shouts, “Who cares for your needs? You’re nothing but a pack of cards!”
When she yells this, suddenly the entire pack of cards rises up to the air and comes flying down onto her. Alice, who may have by this time around reached her size that is full again screams and attempts to beat them off — but opens her eyes to locate herself lying on the river bank, where her sister is gently brushing away some dead leaves which may have drifted down onto her face.
Alice is amazed to find out that she’s got been asleep for an extremely time that is long. She tells her sister exactly 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 informed her.
Watching the sun that is setting she falls into a daydream, and seems to see all Alice’s adventures for herself. But she understands that herself back in the real world again if she opens her eyes, she’ll find. And last but not least, she thinks regarding how when Alice is a woman that is grown children of her very own, she will let them know this story, and watch their eyes grow bright with wonder; and she thinks about how precisely Alice will remember the joys and griefs of her own childhood, and — as Carroll puts it into the final words — “these happy summer days.”