After the White Rabbit calls Alice forward, she rushes to the witness stand, forgetting she has grown. As a result, she knocks over the jurors and frantically places them back on their benches. Once settled, Alice says that she does not know anything about the Queen’s tarts. The King explains that the Queen’s tarts were very important to her before invoking Rule 42, which orders for “all persons more than a mile high to leave the court.” Upon hearing this rule, everyone turns to Alice, who denies being a mile tall. She goes on to accuse the King of making up rules, but he contradicts her, saying Rule 42 is the oldest in the book. Alice counters him, arguing that the oldest rule in the book should be Rule 1, not Rule 42.
After a brief pause, the King calls for the verdict. The White Rabbit interjects with his belief that there is no sufficient evidence for a conviction. He goes on to say that additional witnesses should take the stand. In response, the King presents an incriminating letter that the Knave supposedly wrote, although it does not resemble his handwriting. The Knave denounces the letter because it lacks a signature, but the King retorts that the Knave might have deliberately avoided signing it so he could discredit it in court. The King’s argument persuades the court, and the Queen says the letter provides sufficient evidence for conviction. Before the court can proceed, Alice demands to read the poem in the letter. The poem does not make any sense, but the King calls for a verdict anyway. Then the Queen demands a sentence before the verdict. Alice criticizes her decision and rebukes the Queen, who responds by ordering for Alice’s execution. However, at this point Alice has grown so large that she bats away the cards that fly at her in all directions.
Suddenly, Alice wakes up to find her head resting on her sister’s lap. She recounts her experiences in Wonderland to her sister before going inside for tea. Her sister ponders Alice’s story, imagining the characters involved.