Alice in Wonderland
Chapter 8: The Queen’s Croquet Ground
Written by Caro


Alice saw a large rose tree near the entrance of the garden; the roses growing on it were white, but there were three gardeners at it busily painting them red. Alice got closer to watch them and heard them talk. One of the gardeners saw her, and followed by the others, bowed low. Alice was curious asked them why they were painting the roses red. They answered that by mistake they had put a white rose tree instead of a red one and if the Queen were to find out, she would have their heads cut off.

At that moment Alice heard many footsteps, turned around and saw the Queen; the three gardeners threw themselves flat upon their faces. When the procession came opposite to Alice, they all stopped and looked at her. The Queen asked Alice who she was and Alice introduced herself politely. Since the Queen couldn’t see who the three gardeners were she got really mad and after seeing what they were doing she yelled “Off with their heads!”, and invited Alice to play croquet. Alice asked the rabbit where the Duchess was and he told her that she had been sentenced for execution.

Read more of today’s Alice in Wonderland chapter summary HERE and join us in the discussion!

What character caught more your attention in this chapter and why?

What was your favorite quote?

Why do you think that the Queen orders too many executions?


Queen: “Off with her head!”