The Gryphon has brought Alice into a courtroom, where a trial is mostly about to occur.
The King and Queen of Hearts are presiding (in addition to King looks very silly, since he is 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 within one hand and a trumpet into 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 items of chalk, to take notes). When she asks the Gryphon what they’re writing before the trial has even begun, the Gryphon explains that they’re writing down their own names, in the event 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. ادامه مطلب