1. “The judge, by the way, was the King; and as he wore his crown over the wig (look at the frontispiece if you want to see how he did it), he did not look at all comfortable, and it was certainly not becoming” (AA 111).
I would deduce that Carroll includes the detail of the King wearing his crown over his judge’s wig to convey the King’s insecurity concerning his position of power. After all, wearing both the crown and wig suggests overcompensation. Additionally, I wonder why the King, and the not the Queen, served as judge, as it seems that the Queen is the dominate one in the relationship with the King merely following her whims. In the Victorian era, would it have been simply too avant-garde for a woman to act as a judge?
2. “The twelve jurors were all writing very busily on slates … ‘They’re putting down their names,’ the Gryphon whispered in reply, ‘for fear they should forget them before the end of the trial’” (AA 111).
I was intrigued by Carroll’s portrayal of the jurymen as stupid creatures who feared forgetting their own names in the course of a trial. Perhaps, he was criticizing the court system of the Victorian Era, just as Charles Dickens did in Bleak House a decade earlier.
3. “Just at this moment Alice felt a very curious sensation, which puzzled her a good deal until she made out what it was: she was beginning to grow larger again” (AA 113-114).
As Alice’s sudden growth is not preceded by her consumption of any DRINK ME liquids or EAT ME foods, her change in size serves as our first indication of her body slowly returning to the real world. It’s interesting to note that her increased size also allows her to go out with a bang, as it gives her the courage to stand up to the Queen and King at the end of the final chapter (AA 124).
4. “‘It’s the oldest rule in the book,’ said the King. ‘Then it ought to be Number One,’ said Alice” (AA 120).
I loved Alice’s gumption in this exchange! She was always practical, but, here, she seems to have really applied the quick cleverness she’s learned in Wonderland from other characters, such as the Cheshire-Cat. Additionally, I believe this would classify as a joke which involves logic, and would thus be quite easy to translate into other languages, unlike Carroll’s puns and parodies (Anthology 567).
5. “‘Never!’ said the Queen, furiously, throwing an inkstand at the Lizard as she spoke. (The unfortunate little Bill had left off writing on his slate with one finger, as he found it made no mark; but he now hastily began again, using the ink, that was trickling down his face, as long as it lasted.)” (AA 124).
I’m really quite shocked by how poorly the Lizard Bill has been treated up until this point – Alice has kicked him out of a chimney, stolen his squeaky pencil, and placed him in the jury-box head downwards. Now, the queen assaults him with ink, which he proceeds to quickly use in order to fulfill his job as a juror. This last incident portrays Bill in such a pitiful light as to evoke a good deal of sympathy from the reader. I wonder why Carroll didn’t distribute these random acts of punishment more evenly among the numerous creatures.
6. “Lastly, she pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, in the after-time, be herself a grown woman; and how she would keep, though all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood” (AA 126-127).
I never imagined Alice’s tale to end from the point of view of someone other than Alice. However, through Alice’s older sister, I believe that Carroll skillfully inserts his own perception and hopes for Alice Liddell. While Alice, the person, is still a young girl, Dodgson (from a place of unfortunate reality) looks upon her with joy and love.