OFF WITH YOUR HEAD!
With one powerful thrust, she cuts off the Jabberwocky’s head.
Both Alice and the head fall at once, the Jabberwocky’s jaws
still snapping at her in its death throes.
Alice hits the ground hard. The Jabberwock’s head rolls a few
feet away. Silence descends in the clearing. Alice lays on
the ground, breathing heavily. Finally, she stands up and
picks up the Jabberwocky’s head. She carries it to the Red
Queen and drops it at her feet. The Queen stares it, then up
to Alice with a furious glare.
The nearest Red Knight throws down his weapon.
We follow you no more…bloody
How dare you! Of f with his head!
But no one is listening. The others throw their weapons down.
Suddenly, the crown lifts off the Red Queen’s head. She
snatches for it as it floats over to the White Queen where it
gently lowers to her head. The Chesire Cat materializes next
Iracebeth of Crims, your crimes
against Underland are worthy of
death. But that is against my
vows. Therefore, you are
banished to the Outlands. No one
is to show you any kindness or
ever speak a word to you. You will
will have no one to speak to…
not a friend in the world.
Stayn bows unctiously to the White Queen.
KNAVE OF HEARTS
Majesty, I hope you bear me no
Except this one. Ilosovic Stayn you
will join Iracebeth in banishment
in the Outlands from this day until
the end of Underland.
She motions to her White Guards who grab Stayn and chain him
At least, we have each other.
In a last panic, Stayn pulls a knife and tries to stab her.
She screams. The Hatter knocks the knife away. Stayn drops to
his knees and begs.
KNAVE OF HEARTS
(to the White Queen)
But I do not owe you a kindness.
The White Guards drag them off.
You tried to kill me! YOU TRIED
TO KILL ME!
ON ALICE AND THE HATTER
Oh Frabjous Day! Callou! Callayl
He bursts into an enthusiastic dance of unbridled joy.
What’s he doing?
At the end of his dance, the Hatter grabs Alice and kisses her
Chessur puts a comforting arm around the disappointed
The White Queen leans down to the still bleeding neck to catch
a drop of its blood into a vial.
And blood of the Jabberwocky.
She approaches Alice.
Alice. You have our everlasting
gratitude. And for your efforts
on our behalf.
The Queen hands the vial to her. Alice takes it.
Is this the way home?
Alice lifts the vial to her lips.
Stay with us.
She gasps at the idea…the crazy mad idea. She looks at him and
her gaze travels to the strange and wonderful beings she’s met
in this strange and wonderful place. But then, thoughts of her
mother and sister and unfinished business intrude on her
I wish I could. But there are
questions I have to answer.
She glances at the White Rabbit.
And things I’m late for doing.
She drinks the potion, shuddering at the taste.
You won’t remember me.
He abruptly kisses her one last time. He whispers.
She lifts a hand to the others, struggling with her emotions.
Their faces and the world itself starts to shimmer and then
INT. THE RABBIT HOLE
Grass. Alice finds herself face down in the field, clinging to
the edge of the Rabbit hole, legs dangling precariously.
EXT. THE MEADOW – DAY
Alice pulls herself up and looks around, blinking in the
bright sun. She shakes her head…all memory of Underland gone
once again. She looks down at her clothes, confused by their
ragged, torn, filthy condition. She looks down at the rabbit
…must have fallen in…
EXT. THE ASCOT ESTATE — THE GARDEN PARTY
The party is still going on although a bit subdued. Hamish
speaks to the confused guests.
HANI S H
She ran off and left me standing
there without an answer.
F I ONA
A case of nerves, no doubt.
People fall silent as Alice wanders back onto the lawn,
looking like she’s been through a war.
HAN I SN
Good Lord. Are you all right?
What happened to you?
I think I fell down a hole and
hit my head.
You look a frightful mess.
Alice turns to Hamish. Her adventure, although unremembered,
has given Alice unwavering confidence and self-awareness.
I’m sorry Hamish, I can’t
marry you. You’re not the
right man for me.
(to her sister)
You shouldn’t act so smug,
Margaret. Your life may not
be as perfect as you think
She whispers the truth about her husband in Margaret’s ear.
Margaret gasps and glares at the suddenly sheepish Lowell.
(gently to Aunt Imogene)
There is no prince, Aunt Imogene.
You need to talk to someone
about these delusions.
(to Lady Ascot)
I happen to love white roses,
Lady Ascot, as well as rabbits.
She turns to her mother.
Don’t worry, Mother. I won’t be
a burden. I’ll find something
useful to do with my life.
(to the Chatterly’s mother)
Your daughters swim naked in
the Havershim’s pond.
(to the sisters)
She looks around.
Is that everyone?
Lord Ascot lifts a finger.
You’ve left me out.
No, I haven’t. You and I have
business to discuss, sir.
They’re all surprised to hear the word coming out of a young
I’d like to hear what she
has to say.
May we speak in the study?
INT. ASCOT MANSION – THE STUDY
A map of the world is been laid out on the table. Alice
studies it carefully.
My father told me he planned to
expand his trade route to
But I don’t think he was looking
No. Why stop in India? Why not
expand the company’s trade route
all the way to China? It’s vast,
the culture is rich and we have a
foothold in Hong Kong. Imagine
Lord Ascot sees the spark of genius in her eye, the same spark
he saw in Charles Kingsley’s.
I’m very sorry you’re not going
to marry my son, Alice. But I
may have a way to keep you in
EXT. A SAILING SHIP – SEVERAL MONTHS LATER
A crowd has gathered to see the China Trading Company’s maiden
ship off to distant lands. Alice stands on the deck, waving
to her mother, sister and Lord Ascot. As the ship pulls away
from the dock, a beautiful Monarch butterly with blue tinged
wings lands on Alice’s shoulder. She smiles.
The butterly takes wing. As Alice watches it soar skyward we: