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Useless Evidence: Analysis of Chapter Twelve (1 of 2)

December 3, 2009

In the end of chapter eleven, Alice was just called as a witness in the trial. Alice says that she is here in the beginning of chapter twelve. Alice then disturbs all of the jurors in the jury by tipping over the box with her skirt. She was very tall because she grew in the courtroom. The king made Alice put all of the jury back in their proper places before they could more on with the trial. Alice picked up all of the jury and started putting them back. Alice puts the lizard upside down at first. Then everyone was in their proper place and given their slates and pencils. Only the lizard was the abnormal jury member after that because all he could do was gaze at the roof. The king asked Alice if she knew anything about the subject of the trial. The king misunderstood her answer and thought that is was important, but the White Rabbit corrected him. The king then started Rule 42, that he had just written, stated, “All persons more than a mile high to leave the court.” Alice does not believe that rule.

Alice believes that she is not a mile high, but the queen says she is almost two miles high. Alice tries to say that this rule is meaningless because the king just invented it. The king does not want to explain so he tries to rush the trial by going straight to the verdict, but again the White Rabbit corrects him. The White Rabbit gives the king a new peice of evidence. It is a piece of piece that is written by the prisoner. It is actually a set of verses that is not written in the prisoner’s handwriting. There is no name at the end so the prisoner says that they can not prove anything. How did the Knave know it wasn’t signed? He didn’t see it. The king orders the White Rabbit to read the verses out to the court. The White Rabbit begins. To me, these verses don’t make sense. I do not understand the subject of them or why they were written. Throughout the trial there is “evidence” that isn’t really evidence. They do not even have anything to do with the trial. The king thinks that these are really important, but they are utterly useless. The trial is about stolen tarts and this paper is just too confusing to be relevant.

For Part Two Of This Analysis Visit Alex’s Blog.
For An Overview Visit Connor’s Blog

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