The Gryphon has had Alice into a courtroom, where an endeavor is about to take place.
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 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 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 items of chalk, to take 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 write down whatever she says that they are so suggestible. (more…)