Alice jumps into the White Rabbit’s call to the stand.
She forgets that she’s got grown larger and knocks over the jury stand, then scrambles to place most of the jurors back. Alice claims to know “nothing whatever” about the tarts, which the King deems “very important.” The White Rabbit corrects the King, suggesting that he in reality means “unimportant.” The King agrees, muttering the text that is“important “unimportant” to himself.
The King interjects with Rule 42, which states, “All persons more than a mile high to leave the court.” Everyone turns to Alice, who denies she actually is a mile high and accuses the King of fabricating the rule. The King replies that Rule 42 may be the oldest rule within the book, but Alice retorts that when it is the oldest rule in the book, it should be the first rule. The King becomes quiet for a brief moment before calling for a verdict. The White Rabbit interrupts and declares that more evidence must certanly be presented first. A paper is presented by him supposedly authored by the Knave, though it isn’t written in the Knave’s handwriting. The Knave refutes the charge, explaining that there is no signature from the document. The King reasons that the Knave will need customwritings to have meant mischief because he failed to sign the note like an man that is honest. The court seems pleased by this reasoning, and also the Queen concludes that the paper proves the Knave’s guilt. Alice demands to read the poem in the paper. The King provides an explanation and calls for a verdict while the poem appears to have no meaning. Continue reading