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The Knave Of Hearts

Chapter 39

ザ・ネーブ・オブ・ハーツ

Za Nēbu Obu Hātsu

Caption

It's overflowing, the desire concealed within his heart...

Chapter Information

Volume

7

Chapter

39

Cover Character

Knave of Hearts

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The Knave Of Hearts, stylised as The Knave of Hearts, is chapter 39 of the Are You Alice? manga series.

SynopsisEdit

Upon the arrival of the Knave of Hearts in Wonderland, the White Rabbit sneaks up behind the Knave, welcoming him to Wonderland. Waving away the question of who he was because the residents have never called him a name, the White Rabbit gives the Knave of Hearts his title. The Knave tries to fight back, saying that it isn't his name, only to come up with nothing. Frightened, he backs off as the White Rabbit informs him that his name has been thrown away and that the reason he was invited to Wonderland was because he wished to throw the world away.

Alice is handcuffed in the wine cellar of presumably the Queen's castle. Confused and unsure of where he is, Alice once again thinks back to the Mad Hatter's words about a fairy godmother escorting him to the castle. With a comment about wanting money over glass slippers, the man who kidnapped Alice, the Knave of Hearts, walks down the stairs, arriving with a lantern in his hand. Presuming that the Queen wanted him, Alice asks if he's right, only to be ignored, despite it being a holiday and there is no sign of the Queen; the Knave remains silent. As the Knave approaches, Alice attempts to scare him off, reminding him that the Mad Hatter would come and save him, but he stops when the Knave reaches into his coat to pull out something. Alice, presuming it to be the gun the Knave threatened him with earlier, begins to panic and accidentally slips that he never received the name of "Alice" by the White Rabbit. Assuming the Queen ordered the Knave to privately execute Alice, the 89th Alice begins to panic and argue that he is Alice, regardless of who he is, and that he still plans on upholding his deal with the Queen of receiving a home when the game was over. Yelling that it's impossible for him to be finished there, Alice shields his eyes, only to see between them that the Knave was pulling out a pen.

The Knave beings to converse with Alice, using a sketchpad and the pen for his own words. The Knave signs to Alice that he's gotten sick of the Queen and requests the help of the 89th Alice to break the contract they hold, thereby to free the Knave from Wonderland, allowing him to live as a normal person or, better yet, return home. Alice becomes arrogant, saying that it's only natural for someone to seek his help, but immediately Jack begins to insult "Alice": because of the fact that no "Alice" has won the game, he's been stuck in a terrible lifestyle and that "Alice" is truly useless, leading to Alice punching him in the face; Jack screams out loud.

Thrown to the floor, the Knave of Hearts screams out at least 15 syllables. Alice flips him off, yelling equally as loud, and quickly Jack realizes he just broke his vow. Screaming out his rage, he mourns how he's tried his best to keep quiet for ten years and then blames Alice.  Alice attempts to comfort him, offering his unconditional help, and Jack takes his gun up again and returns to holding Alice hostage, telling him that a prisoner should behave. Alice keeps his cool, though, more irritated than anything and the Knave proves Alice wrong about being unable to kill him – punching in him the gut, the Knave calls himself a traitor to the game and reminds Alice of the holiday going on.

Boasting that he's gained the ability to protect himself, Alice takes his gun out and aims for the Knave. A resounding click of a lack of ammo fills the air and the Knave falls backwards, and Alice can't help but smile as he remarks about his empty revolver. Since he has no escape and the Knave has proven he could fight off Alice if he wanted to, Alice agrees to listen to the Knave's story and tells him to stop bothering with force. Sighing, Jack states that Alice is self-centered, only to be told that Alice is selfish because he's "Alice".

TriviaEdit

  • The chapter's opening, as well as the flashback from the next chapter, are linked together and expanded upon in Track 2 of Alice's Tea Party Phase Two, revealing more of the Knave's personality as well as interaction between the Queen and the White Rabbit.
  • In the drama CD, when the Knave tries to remember his name, there is a pulsating noise. In the manga, the noise is replaced by a scribbled out panel.
  • The implications that the White Rabbit said as requirements shows that everyone in Wonderland, at one point or another, was sick of the world and wished death upon it or themselves. However, the Knave apparently met this requirement only temporarily, meaning it's something you can get over or decide against, like suicide.