In chapter nine, the reader is bombarded with facile morals that the Duchess deems substantial. Alice seems somewhat cautious to this rapid fire of “knowledge”, seeming to organize this information with the other nonsense rattling around in her brain. After saying this numerous times, I’ll say it again: Alice learns so many lessons in this story as she meets new characters and new social structure, this whole scene might be a lesson in itself.
While reading the chapter, I was very careful around this area. The Duchess says such irrelevant things, such as, “Birds of a feather flock together.” and so on. She says, “Every thing’s got a moral,” and she tries very hard to patch some together. All these farcical “morals” being thrown around could possibly be a very random distraction that Alice can learn from. The extraneous information being given to Alice may serve as a lesson to not take to heart such things of irrelevancy. After all, this encounter with the Duchess has a very short duration and is placed at the beginning of the chapter.
Alice’s journey is short, as we know. Every character she encounters has something to offer her, lesson wise. When Alice first meets the Duchess, we get a rather hostile feeling from her. Now in this chapter she acts as if she was a completely different character. There might be a lesson in that too. The Duchess’s shift in personalities might have something to do with the changes of environment. Nevertheless, Alice doesn’t mind the morals thrown at her too much, because she continues along in her journey normally as always without being distracted. What a smart girl.