Can you work out what famous phrase is this?

Fourteen years of jail, Alice.
You are guilty, Alice.

  • $\begingroup$ is this a 'Bob' question? $\endgroup$
    – JMP
    Mar 17, 2016 at 12:19
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    $\begingroup$ Bob is lonely. Alice has been sent to jail afterall. xD $\endgroup$
    – Prashant
    Mar 17, 2016 at 12:22
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    $\begingroup$ The first two lines could be "prison+wards" = "PRESS ONWARDS". $\endgroup$
    – Gamow
    Mar 17, 2016 at 16:25
  • $\begingroup$ Can you forgive her? $\endgroup$ Mar 17, 2016 at 18:19
  • $\begingroup$ Good point @Gamow. That would also imply that the last line is a verdict, but I can't match it to your idea. $\endgroup$ Mar 17, 2016 at 19:22

2 Answers 2


It is

"Sentence first -- verdict afterwards!" - the Queen

  • $\begingroup$ Um, wow. I came across this phrase a LOT in my research but was so busy trying to figure out what "wards" could refer to that I didn't even think of it that way. :B $\endgroup$ Mar 17, 2016 at 20:45
  • $\begingroup$ Oh my. This is a good answer! $\endgroup$ Mar 17, 2016 at 20:55
  • $\begingroup$ This is probably it. I was thinking the reference to Wonderland was to throw people onto the wrong track, but this fits too perfectly. $\endgroup$ Mar 17, 2016 at 21:14
  • $\begingroup$ The reference to Wonderland could fit if that is a quote from the (Bloody Red) Queen. $\endgroup$
    – Z. Dailey
    Mar 18, 2016 at 4:21
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    $\begingroup$ It's definitely a direct quote from the Queen from Alice in Wonderland. My attribution to "the Queen" is a link to the chapter in which the line occurs. The chapter was the closest I could get, couldn't get directly to the line, sorry. $\endgroup$ Mar 18, 2016 at 4:45

Is it

Alice Is Taught to Grow Upwards, Towards the Light


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