Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

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Alice in Wonderland | Chapter Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • A May afternoon

    Alice is dozing on a riverbank when the White Rabbit runs by; she follows him down a rabbit-hole.

    Chapter 1
  • Minutes later

    Alice gets too small, too big, and too small again, which she finds very frustrating.

    Chapter 2
  • Immediately after

    A caterpillar on a mushroom tells Alice how to use the mushroom to change her size.

    Chapter 5
  • A little later

    Alice arrives at the Duchess's house; the Duchess gives her a screaming baby that turns into a pig.

    Chapter 6
  • Just after that

    Alice meets the Cheshire Cat, who sends her to see the (mad) Hatter.

    Chapter 6
  • In a little while

    Alice joins the Hatter, the March Hare, and the Dormouse at their tea party in the woods.

    Chapter 7
  • Later on

    In a beautiful garden, Alice meets the vicious Queen of Hearts and plays croquet.

    Chapter 8
  • After the game

    The Gryphon and the Mock Turtle teach Alice to dance the Lobster Quadrille.

    Chapter 10
  • Suddenly

    The Knave of Hearts is on trial for stealing the Queen's tarts, and Alice is called as a witness.

    Chapter 11
  • At the end

    All the playing cards in the Queen's court fly at Alice—and she wakes up on the riverbank again.

    Chapter 12

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapter 1 On a May afternoon in the English countryside, seven-year-old Alice is dozing on a riverbank when a large white rabbit r... Read More
Chapter 2 Eating the magic cake makes Alice shoot up to nine feet tall. She can easily reach the golden key, but once again, she's... Read More
Chapter 3 Alice, the Mouse, and several other animals climb out of the pool of tears. The Mouse tells a "dry" story to dry them of... Read More
Chapter 4 As Alice sits alone in the hall, the White Rabbit passes again. This time he mistakes her for his housemaid, Mary Ann, a... Read More
Chapter 5 The Caterpillar stares at Alice before asking her who she is. They have a confusing and roundabout conversation. Before ... Read More
Chapter 6 Alice reaches a strange house and hears terrible howling and screaming inside. She enters to find a kitchen, where the C... Read More
Chapter 7 In front of the Hatter's house, a long tea table is set under a tree. The March Hare, the Hatter, and a sleepy Dormouse ... Read More
Chapter 8 At the garden entrance, Alice sees three gardeners painting some white roses red. Before they can finish, a royal proces... Read More
Chapter 9 Alice and the Duchess (who's been reprieved from execution) stroll around the garden together until the Queen commands A... Read More
Chapter 10 Though the Mock Turtle is crying almost too hard to talk, it manages to sob out that Alice has probably never heard of a... Read More
Chapter 11 Back on the croquet lawn, Alice and the Gryphon learn that the Knave of Hearts has been charged with stealing a plate of... Read More
Chapter 12 Alice jumps to her feet, knocking over the jury box in her hurry. Hastily, she replaces all the creatures who have falle... Read More
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