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The Wizard of Oz - Chapter 12 part 2



There was, in her cupboard, a Golden Cap, with a circle of diamonds and

rubies running round it. This Golden Cap had a charm. Whoever owned

it could call three times upon the Winged Monkeys, who would obey any

order they were given. But no person could command these strange

creatures more than three times. Twice already the Wicked Witch had

used the charm of the Cap. Once was when she had made the Winkies her

slaves, and set herself to rule over their country. The Winged Monkeys

had helped her do this. The second time was when she had fought

against the Great Oz himself, and driven him out of the land of the

West. The Winged Monkeys had also helped her in doing this. Only once

more could she use this Golden Cap, for which reason she did not like

to do so until all her other powers were exhausted. But now that her

fierce wolves and her wild crows and her stinging bees were gone, and

her slaves had been scared away by the Cowardly Lion, she saw there was

only one way left to destroy Dorothy and her friends.

So the Wicked Witch took the Golden Cap from her cupboard and placed it

upon her head. Then she stood upon her left foot and said slowly:

"Ep-pe, pep-pe, kak-ke!"

Next she stood upon her right foot and said:

"Hil-lo, hol-lo, hel-lo!"

After this she stood upon both feet and cried in a loud voice:

"Ziz-zy, zuz-zy, zik!"

Now the charm began to work. The sky was darkened, and a low rumbling

sound was heard in the air. There was a rushing of many wings, a great

chattering and laughing, and the sun came out of the dark sky to show

the Wicked Witch surrounded by a crowd of monkeys, each with a pair of

immense and powerful wings on his shoulders.

One, much bigger than the others, seemed to be their leader. He flew

close to the Witch and said, "You have called us for the third and last

time. What do you command?"

"Go to the strangers who are within my land and destroy them all except

the Lion," said the Wicked Witch. "Bring that beast to me, for I have

a mind to harness him like a horse, and make him work."

"Your commands shall be obeyed," said the leader. Then, with a great

deal of chattering and noise, the Winged Monkeys flew away to the place

where Dorothy and her friends were walking.

Some of the Monkeys seized the Tin Woodman and carried him through the

air until they were over a country thickly covered with sharp rocks.

Here they dropped the poor Woodman, who fell a great distance to the

rocks, where he lay so battered and dented that he could neither move

nor groan.

Others of the Monkeys caught the Scarecrow, and with their long fingers

pulled all of the straw out of his clothes and head. They made his hat

and boots and clothes into a small bundle and threw it into the top

branches of a tall tree.

The remaining Monkeys threw pieces of stout rope around the Lion and

wound many coils about his body and head and legs, until he was unable

to bite or scratch or struggle in any way. Then they lifted him up and

flew away with him to the Witch's castle, where he was placed in a

small yard with a high iron fence around it, so that he could not

escape.

But Dorothy they did not harm at all. She stood, with Toto in her

arms, watching the sad fate of her comrades and thinking it would soon

be her turn. The leader of the Winged Monkeys flew up to her, his

long, hairy arms stretched out and his ugly face grinning terribly; but

he saw the mark of the Good Witch's kiss upon her forehead and stopped

short, motioning the others not to touch her.

"We dare not harm this little girl," he said to them, "for she is

protected by the Power of Good, and that is greater than the Power of

Evil. All we can do is to carry her to the castle of the Wicked Witch

and leave her there."

So, carefully and gently, they lifted Dorothy in their arms and carried

her swiftly through the air until they came to the castle, where they

set her down upon the front doorstep. Then the leader said to the

Witch:

"We have obeyed you as far as we were able. The Tin Woodman and the

Scarecrow are destroyed, and the Lion is tied up in your yard. The

little girl we dare not harm, nor the dog she carries in her arms.

Your power over our band is now ended, and you will never see us again."

Then all the Winged Monkeys, with much laughing and chattering and

noise, flew into the air and were soon out of sight.

The Wicked Witch was both surprised and worried when she saw the mark

on Dorothy's forehead, for she knew well that neither the Winged

Monkeys nor she, herself, dare hurt the girl in any way. She looked

down at Dorothy's feet, and seeing the Silver Shoes, began to tremble

with fear, for she knew what a powerful charm belonged to them. At

first the Witch was tempted to run away from Dorothy; but she happened

to look into the child's eyes and saw how simple the soul behind them

was, and that the little girl did not know of the wonderful power the

Silver Shoes gave her. So the Wicked Witch laughed to herself, and

thought, "I can still make her my slave, for she does not know how to

use her power." Then she said to Dorothy, harshly and severely:

"Come with me; and see that you mind everything I tell you, for if you

do not I will make an end of you, as I did of the Tin Woodman and the

Scarecrow."

Dorothy followed her through many of the beautiful rooms in her castle

until they came to the kitchen, where the Witch bade her clean the pots

and kettles and sweep the floor and keep the fire fed with wood.

Dorothy went to work meekly, with her mind made up to work as hard as

she could; for she was glad the Wicked Witch had decided not to kill

her.

With Dorothy hard at work, the Witch thought she would go into the

courtyard and harness the Cowardly Lion like a horse; it would amuse

her, she was sure, to make him draw her chariot whenever she wished to

go to drive. But as she opened the gate the Lion gave a loud roar and

bounded at her so fiercely that the Witch was afraid, and ran out and

shut the gate again.

"If I cannot harness you," said the Witch to the Lion, speaking through

the bars of the gate, "I can starve you. You shall have nothing to eat

until you do as I wish."

So after that she took no food to the imprisoned Lion; but every day

she came to the gate at noon and asked, "Are you ready to be harnessed

like a horse?"

And the Lion would answer, "No. If you come in this yard, I will bite

you."

The reason the Lion did not have to do as the Witch wished was that

every night, while the woman was asleep, Dorothy carried him food from

the cupboard. After he had eaten he would lie down on his bed of

straw, and Dorothy would lie beside him and put her head on his soft,

shaggy mane, while they talked of their troubles and tried to plan some

way to escape. But they could find no way to get out of the castle,

for it was constantly guarded by the yellow Winkies, who were the

slaves of the Wicked Witch and too afraid of her not to do as she told

them.

The girl had to work hard during the day, and often the Witch

threatened to beat her with the same old umbrella she always carried in

her hand. But, in truth, she did not dare to strike Dorothy, because

of the mark upon her forehead. The child did not know this, and was

full of fear for herself and Toto. Once the Witch struck Toto a blow

with her umbrella and the brave little dog flew at her and bit her leg

in return. The Witch did not bleed where she was bitten, for she was

so wicked that the blood in her had dried up many years before.

Dorothy's life became very sad as she grew to understand that it would

be harder than ever to get back to Kansas and Aunt Em again. Sometimes

she would cry bitterly for hours, with Toto sitting at her feet and

looking into her face, whining dismally to show how sorry he was for

his little mistress. Toto did not really care whether he was in Kansas

or the Land of Oz so long as Dorothy was with him; but he knew the

little girl was unhappy, and that made him unhappy too.

Now the Wicked Witch had a great longing to have for her own the Silver

Shoes which the girl always wore. Her bees and her crows and her

wolves were lying in heaps and drying up, and she had used up all the

power of the Golden Cap; but if she could only get hold of the Silver

Shoes, they would give her more power than all the other things she had

lost. She watched Dorothy carefully, to see if she ever took off her

shoes, thinking she might steal them. But the child was so proud of

her pretty shoes that she never took them off except at night and when

she took her bath. The Witch was too much afraid of the dark to dare

go in Dorothy's room at night to take the shoes, and her dread of water

was greater than her fear of the dark, so she never came near when

Dorothy was bathing. Indeed, the old Witch never touched water, nor

ever let water touch her in any way.

But the wicked creature was very cunning, and she finally thought of a

trick that would give her what she wanted. She placed a bar of iron in

the middle of the kitchen floor, and then by her magic arts made the

iron invisible to human eyes. So that when Dorothy walked across the

floor she stumbled over the bar, not being able to see it, and fell at

full length. She was not much hurt, but in her fall one of the Silver

Shoes came off; and before she could reach it, the Witch had snatched

it away and put it on her own skinny foot.

The wicked woman was greatly pleased with the success of her trick, for

as long as she had one of the shoes she owned half the power of their

charm, and Dorothy could not use it against her, even had she known how

to do so.

The little girl, seeing she had lost one of her pretty shoes, grew

angry, and said to the Witch, "Give me back my shoe!"

"I will not," retorted the Witch, "for it is now my shoe, and not

yours."

"You are a wicked creature!" cried Dorothy. "You have no right to take

my shoe from me."

"I shall keep it, just the same," said the Witch, laughing at her, "and

someday I shall get the other one from you, too."

This made Dorothy so very angry that she picked up the bucket of water

that stood near and dashed it over the Witch, wetting her from head to

foot.

Instantly the wicked woman gave a loud cry of fear, and then, as

Dorothy looked at her in wonder, the Witch began to shrink and fall

away.

"See what you have done!" she screamed. "In a minute I shall melt

away."

"I'm very sorry, indeed," said Dorothy, who was truly frightened to see

the Witch actually melting away like brown sugar before her very eyes.

"Didn't you know water would be the end of me?" asked the Witch, in a

wailing, despairing voice.

"Of course not," answered Dorothy. "How should I?"

"Well, in a few minutes I shall be all melted, and you will have the rrcastle to yourself. I have been wicked in my day, but I never thought

a little girl like you would ever be able to melt me and end my wicked

deeds. Look out--here I go!"

With these words the Witch fell down in a brown, melted, shapeless mass

and began to spread over the clean boards of the kitchen floor. Seeing

that she had really melted away to nothing, Dorothy drew another bucket

of water and threw it over the mess. She then swept it all out the

door. After picking out the silver shoe, which was all that was left

of the old woman, she cleaned and dried it with a cloth, and put it on

her foot again. Then, being at last free to do as she chose, she ran

out to the courtyard to tell the Lion that the Wicked Witch of the West

had come to an end, and that they were no longer prisoners in a strange

land.


QUIZ TIME! 📚✨

  1. What did Dorothy use to defeat the Wicked Witch of the West?

  • A. A magic wand 🪄

  • B. A bucket of water 🌊

  • C. A golden key 🔑

  • D. A silver bell 🔔

  1. Who helped Dorothy and her friends escape from the Wicked Witch's castle?

  • A. Flying dragons 🐉

  • B. Winged Monkeys 🐒

  • C. Talking trees 🌳

  • D. Friendly giants 🦥

  1. What protected Dorothy from being harmed by the Winged Monkeys?

  • A. A shield of invisibility 🛡️

  • B. A mark from the Good Witch's kiss 💋

  • C. A magical amulet 🔮

  • D. A cloak of flying 🧥

  1. Where did the Wicked Witch hide her magical Golden Cap?

  • A. In a treasure chest 💰

  • B. Under a rock 🪨

  • C. In her cupboard 🚪

  • D. On top of a mountain ⛰️

  1. What happened to the Wicked Witch when Dorothy threw water on her?

  • A. She grew bigger 🌟

  • B. She turned into a frog 🐸

  • C. She melted away 💧

  • D. She flew away on her broomstick 🧹

Answers:

  1. B. A bucket of water 🌊

  2. B. Winged Monkeys 🐒

  3. B. A mark from the Good Witch's kiss 💋

  4. C. In her cupboard 🚪

  5. C. She melted away 💧

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