Through the Looking-Glass | Study Guide

Lewis Carroll

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Timeline of Events

  • One November afternoon

    Alice enters the Looking-glass world.

    Chapter 1
  • Minutes later

    Alice moves the White Queen and White King to a fallen pawn.

    Chapter 1
  • Shortly thereafter

    Alice meets the Red Queen.

    Chapter 2
  • A little later

    Alice boards a train, the first chess move.

    Chapter 3
  • After entering the wood

    Alice meets Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

    Chapter 4
  • Following that

    Alice sees the sleeping Red King.

    Chapter 4
  • In a short while

    Alice has a conversation with the White Queen.

    Chapter 5
  • Soon thereafter

    The White Queen becomes a bespectacled Sheep.

    Chapter 5
  • Suddenly

    Alice's egg turns into Humpty Dumpty.

    Chapter 6
  • Just after that

    Alice meets a large number of soldiers and the White King.

    Chapter 7
  • Within minutes

    Alice joins the king to watch the Lion and the Unicorn fight.

    Chapter 7
  • Following the fight

    Two knights appear to take Alice prisoner and rescue her.

    Chapter 8
  • Not long after

    Alice and the White Knight travel together.

    Chapter 8
  • Later on

    Alice reaches the Eighth Square and is made a queen.

    Chapter 9
  • Following after

    The Red Queen and the White Queen quiz Alice.

    Chapter 9
  • A short while later

    A coronation party is held for Alice.

    Chapter 9
  • Suddenly

    The White Queen vanishes into a soup tureen.

    Chapter 9
  • Within minutes

    Alice shakes the Red Queen into a kitten.

    Chapter 10
  • Immediately

    Alice wakes to discover she is holding the black kitten.

    Chapter 11

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Preface In the preface, Carroll explains the chess aspect of the book, as he is concerned that some readers have been puzzled by... Read More
Chapter 1 Alice is watching her cat, Dinah, groom her two kittens. She is restless and bored, and in peering through the looking-g... Read More
Chapter 2 Alice enters the garden of live flowers. She speaks wistfully to one of the blossoms and is stunned when it answers her ... Read More
Chapter 3 As expected, Alice boards a train. There she encounters a group of unusual passengers, including a goat, a beetle, and a... Read More
Chapter 4 When Alice meets Tweedledum and Tweedledee, she is reminded of a rhyme about Tweedledum and Tweedledee quarreling over a... Read More
Chapter 5 Alice catches the shawl, which belongs to the White Queen. Alice then helps straighten the White Queen's shawl and hair.... Read More
Chapter 6 The egg Alice buys grows larger and becomes Humpty Dumpty. Alice and Humpty Dumpty talk briefly. He is as unpleasant as ... Read More
Chapter 7 As Alice continues her journey, she encounters soldiers and then the White King, who is sitting on the ground writing. "... Read More
Chapter 8 It is suddenly very quiet, and Alice wonders if she'd been dreaming. However, she still has a platter from the meal. Two... Read More
Chapter 9 Alice suddenly discovers the Red Queen and the White Queen sitting on either side of her. The three speak, and the queen... Read More
Chapter 10 In this two-sentence chapter, Alice lifts the Red Queen off the table and "[shakes] her backward and forward with all ... Read More
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