The Gryphon has brought Alice into a courtroom, where an endeavor is all about to happen.
The King and Queen of Hearts are presiding (and also 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 hand and a trumpet into the other, plus 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 (that is, little chalkboards and bits of chalk, when planning on taking notes). When she asks the Gryphon what they’re writing before the trial has even begun, the Gryphon explains that they’re writing out their particular names, in the event they forget them throughout the trial. Alice, startled by 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 of the jurors from him, so the confused Bill tries during the rest of the trial to write on his slate with his finger— it is Bill the Lizard, in fact (who came down the Rabbit’s chimney in Chapter 4) — Alice sneaks up and takes it away.
The King orders the White Rabbit to learn 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 seems that this is actually the accusation against the Knave of Hearts. The King asks the jury for the verdict, nevertheless the Rabbit reminds him that they must hear the evidence first. Read more “?ssay writing exampleAlice in wonderland writing paper”