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The Wizard of Oz - Chapter 11 part 2



Sorrowfully Dorothy left the Throne Room and went back where the Lion

and the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman were waiting to hear what Oz had

said to her. "There is no hope for me," she said sadly, "for Oz will

not send me home until I have killed the Wicked Witch of the West; and

that I can never do."

Her friends were sorry, but could do nothing to help her; so Dorothy

went to her own room and lay down on the bed and cried herself to sleep.

The next morning the soldier with the green whiskers came to the

Scarecrow and said:

"Come with me, for Oz has sent for you."

So the Scarecrow followed him and was admitted into the great Throne

Room, where he saw, sitting in the emerald throne, a most lovely Lady.

She was dressed in green silk gauze and wore upon her flowing green

locks a crown of jewels. Growing from her shoulders were wings,

gorgeous in color and so light that they fluttered if the slightest

breath of air reached them.

When the Scarecrow had bowed, as prettily as his straw stuffing would

let him, before this beautiful creature, she looked upon him sweetly,

and said:

"I am Oz, the Great and Terrible. Who are you, and why do you seek me?"

Now the Scarecrow, who had expected to see the great Head Dorothy had

told him of, was much astonished; but he answered her bravely.

"I am only a Scarecrow, stuffed with straw. Therefore I have no

brains, and I come to you praying that you will put brains in my head

instead of straw, so that I may become as much a man as any other in

your dominions."

"Why should I do this for you?" asked the Lady.

"Because you are wise and powerful, and no one else can help me,"

answered the Scarecrow.

"I never grant favors without some return," said Oz; "but this much I

will promise. If you will kill for me the Wicked Witch of the West, I

will bestow upon you a great many brains, and such good brains that you

will be the wisest man in all the Land of Oz."

"I thought you asked Dorothy to kill the Witch," said the Scarecrow, in

surprise.

"So I did. I don't care who kills her. But until she is dead I will

not grant your wish. Now go, and do not seek me again until you have

earned the brains you so greatly desire."

The Scarecrow went sorrowfully back to his friends and told them what

Oz had said; and Dorothy was surprised to find that the Great Wizard

was not a Head, as she had seen him, but a lovely Lady.

"All the same," said the Scarecrow, "she needs a heart as much as the

Tin Woodman."

On the next morning the soldier with the green whiskers came to the Tin

Woodman and said:

"Oz has sent for you. Follow me."

So the Tin Woodman followed him and came to the great Throne Room. He

did not know whether he would find Oz a lovely Lady or a Head, but he

hoped it would be the lovely Lady. "For," he said to himself, "if it

is the head, I am sure I shall not be given a heart, since a head has

no heart of its own and therefore cannot feel for me. But if it is the

lovely Lady I shall beg hard for a heart, for all ladies are themselves

said to be kindly hearted."

But when the Woodman entered the great Throne Room he saw neither the

Head nor the Lady, for Oz had taken the shape of a most terrible Beast.

It was nearly as big as an elephant, and the green throne seemed hardly

strong enough to hold its weight. The Beast had a head like that of a

rhinoceros, only there were five eyes in its face. There were five

long arms growing out of its body, and it also had five long, slim

legs. Thick, woolly hair covered every part of it, and a more

dreadful-looking monster could not be imagined. It was fortunate the

Tin Woodman had no heart at that moment, for it would have beat loud

and fast from terror. But being only tin, the Woodman was not at all

afraid, although he was much disappointed.

"I am Oz, the Great and Terrible," spoke the Beast, in a voice that was

one great roar. "Who are you, and why do you seek me?"

"I am a Woodman, and made of tin. Therefore I have no heart, and

cannot love. I pray you to give me a heart that I may be as other men

are."

"Why should I do this?" demanded the Beast.

"Because I ask it, and you alone can grant my request," answered the

Woodman.

Oz gave a low growl at this, but said, gruffly: "If you indeed desire a

heart, you must earn it."

"How?" asked the Woodman.

"Help Dorothy to kill the Wicked Witch of the West," replied the Beast.

"When the Witch is dead, come to me, and I will then give you the

biggest and kindest and most loving heart in all the Land of Oz."

So the Tin Woodman was forced to return sorrowfully to his friends and

tell them of the terrible Beast he had seen. They all wondered greatly

at the many forms the Great Wizard could take upon himself, and the

Lion said:

"If he is a Beast when I go to see him, I shall roar my loudest, and so

frighten him that he will grant all I ask. And if he is the lovely

Lady, I shall pretend to spring upon her, and so compel her to do my

bidding. And if he is the great Head, he will be at my mercy; for I

will roll this head all about the room until he promises to give us

what we desire. So be of good cheer, my friends, for all will yet be

well."

The next morning the soldier with the green whiskers led the Lion to

the great Throne Room and bade him enter the presence of Oz.

The Lion at once passed through the door, and glancing around saw, to

his surprise, that before the throne was a Ball of Fire, so fierce and

glowing he could scarcely bear to gaze upon it. His first thought was

that Oz had by accident caught on fire and was burning up; but when he

tried to go nearer, the heat was so intense that it singed his

whiskers, and he crept back tremblingly to a spot nearer the door.

Then a low, quiet voice came from the Ball of Fire, and these were the

words it spoke:

"I am Oz, the Great and Terrible. Who are you, and why do you seek me?"

And the Lion answered, "I am a Cowardly Lion, afraid of everything. I

came to you to beg that you give me courage, so that in reality I may

become the King of Beasts, as men call me."

"Why should I give you courage?" demanded Oz.

"Because of all Wizards you are the greatest, and alone have power to

grant my request," answered the Lion.

The Ball of Fire burned fiercely for a time, and the voice said, "Bring

me proof that the Wicked Witch is dead, and that moment I will give you

courage. But as long as the Witch lives, you must remain a coward."

The Lion was angry at this speech, but could say nothing in reply, and

while he stood silently gazing at the Ball of Fire it became so

furiously hot that he turned tail and rushed from the room. He was

glad to find his friends waiting for him, and told them of his terrible

interview with the Wizard.

"What shall we do now?" asked Dorothy sadly.

"There is only one thing we can do," returned the Lion, "and that is to

go to the land of the Winkies, seek out the Wicked Witch, and destroy

her."

"But suppose we cannot?" said the girl.

"Then I shall never have courage," declared the Lion.

"And I shall never have brains," added the Scarecrow.

"And I shall never have a heart," spoke the Tin Woodman.

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"And I shall never see Aunt Em and Uncle Henry," said Dorothy,

beginning to cry.

"Be careful!" cried the green girl. "The tears will fall on your green

silk gown and spot it."

So Dorothy dried her eyes and said, "I suppose we must try it; but I am

sure I do not want to kill anybody, even to see Aunt Em again."

"I will go with you; but I'm too much of a coward to kill the Witch,"

said the Lion.

"I will go too," declared the Scarecrow; "but I shall not be of much

help to you, I am such a fool."

"I haven't the heart to harm even a Witch," remarked the Tin Woodman;

"but if you go I certainly shall go with you."

Therefore it was decided to start upon their journey the next morning,

and the Woodman sharpened his axe on a green grindstone and had all his

joints properly oiled. The Scarecrow stuffed himself with fresh straw

and Dorothy put new paint on his eyes that he might see better. The

green girl, who was very kind to them, filled Dorothy's basket with

good things to eat, and fastened a little bell around Toto's neck with

a green ribbon.

They went to bed quite early and slept soundly until daylight, when

they were awakened by the crowing of a green cock that lived in the

back yard of the Palace, and the cackling of a hen that had laid a

green egg.


Quiz Questions:

  1. Who meets Oz first after Dorothy?

  • A. Tin Woodman

  • B. Scarecrow

  • C. Lion

  • D. Toto

  1. What does Oz promise to give the Scarecrow if he kills the Witch of the West?

  • A. A heart

  • B. Courage

  • C. Brains

  • D. A medal

  1. Which character finds Oz as a Ball of Fire?

  • A. Scarecrow

  • B. Dorothy

  • C. Tin Woodman

  • D. Lion

  1. Why does the Lion leave Oz's presence angrily?

  • A. Oz refuses to grant him courage

  • B. The Ball of Fire burns him

  • C. Oz mocks his cowardice

  • D. The heat is too intense

  1. What do Dorothy and her friends decide to do after hearing Oz's conditions?

  • A. Return home

  • B. Fight the Wicked Witch of the West

  • C. Convince Oz to change his mind

  • D. Seek help from another Wizard

Answers:

  1. B. Scarecrow

  2. C. Brains

  3. D. Lion

  4. A. Oz refuses to grant him courage

  5. B. Fight the Wicked Witch of the West

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