Alice playing with her kittens and tells Kitty a story about "Looking-Glass House", which is a magical world on the other side of the mirror.
Suddenly, she finds herself on the mantelpiece and steps through the mirror. She finds a book with looking-glass poetry, "Jabberwocky", She also observes that the chess pieces have come to life, though they remain small enough for her to pick up.
Adorable chess and a poem?
White Quuen & King
Upon leaving the house, she enters a sunny spring garden where the flowers can speak. They perceive Alice as being a "flower that can move about". Elsewhere in the garden, Alice meets the Red Queen, who is now human sized, and who impresses Alice with her ability to run at breathtaking speeds.
Let's have a walk.
Psst psst! Over here!
The Red Queen reveals to Alice that the entire countryside is laid out in squares, like a gigantic chessboard, and offers to make Alice a queen if she can move all the way to the eighth rank in a chess match. Alice placed in the second rank as one of the White Queen's pawns, and begins her journey across the chessboard by boarding a train that jumps over the third row and directly into the fourth rank.
I'm sure you can do it!
She arrives in a forest where a depressed gnat teaches her about the looking glass insects, before it flying away sadly. Alice continues her journey and along the way, crosses the "wood where things have no names". There she forgets all nouns, including her own name. With the help of a fawn who has also forgotten his identity, she makes it to the other side, where they both remember everything. Realizing that he is a fawn, she is a human, and that fawns are afraid of humans, it runs off (to Alice's frustration).
Let's talk about insects.
Then she meets the fat twin brothers Tweedledum and Tweedledee. After reciting the long poem "The Walrus and the Carpenter", they draw Alice's attention to the Red King who loudly snoring away under a nearby tree and maliciously provoke her with idle philosophical banter that she exists as an imaginary figure in the Red King's dreams. Finally, the brothers begin suiting up for battle, only to be frightened away by an enormous crow.