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The Wizard of Oz - Chapter 13

The Cowardly Lion was much pleased to hear that the Wicked Witch had

been melted by a bucket of water, and Dorothy at once unlocked the gate

of his prison and set him free.  They went in together to the castle,

where Dorothy's first act was to call all the Winkies together and tell

them that they were no longer slaves.


There was great rejoicing among the yellow Winkies, for they had been

made to work hard during many years for the Wicked Witch, who had

always treated them with great cruelty.  They kept this day as a

holiday, then and ever after, and spent the time in feasting and



"If our friends, the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman, were only with us,"

said the Lion, "I should be quite happy."


"Don't you suppose we could rescue them?" asked the girl anxiously.


"We can try," answered the Lion.


So they called the yellow Winkies and asked them if they would help to

rescue their friends, and the Winkies said that they would be delighted

to do all in their power for Dorothy, who had set them free from

bondage.  So she chose a number of the Winkies who looked as if they

knew the most, and they all started away.  They traveled that day and

part of the next until they came to the rocky plain where the Tin

Woodman lay, all battered and bent.  His axe was near him, but the

blade was rusted and the handle broken off short.


The Winkies lifted him tenderly in their arms, and carried him back to

the Yellow Castle again, Dorothy shedding a few tears by the way at the

sad plight of her old friend, and the Lion looking sober and sorry.

When they reached the castle Dorothy said to the Winkies:


"Are any of your people tinsmiths?"


"Oh, yes.  Some of us are very good tinsmiths," they told her.


"Then bring them to me," she said.  And when the tinsmiths came,

bringing with them all their tools in baskets, she inquired, "Can you

straighten out those dents in the Tin Woodman, and bend him back into

shape again, and solder him together where he is broken?"


The tinsmiths looked the Woodman over carefully and then answered that

they thought they could mend him so he would be as good as ever.  So

they set to work in one of the big yellow rooms of the castle and

worked for three days and four nights, hammering and twisting and

bending and soldering and polishing and pounding at the legs and body

and head of the Tin Woodman, until at last he was straightened out into

his old form, and his joints worked as well as ever.  To be sure, there

were several patches on him, but the tinsmiths did a good job, and as

the Woodman was not a vain man he did not mind the patches at all.


When, at last, he walked into Dorothy's room and thanked her for

rescuing him, he was so pleased that he wept tears of joy, and Dorothy

had to wipe every tear carefully from his face with her apron, so his

joints would not be rusted.  At the same time her own tears fell thick

and fast at the joy of meeting her old friend again, and these tears

did not need to be wiped away.  As for the Lion, he wiped his eyes so

often with the tip of his tail that it became quite wet, and he was

obliged to go out into the courtyard and hold it in the sun till it



"If we only had the Scarecrow with us again," said the Tin Woodman,

when Dorothy had finished telling him everything that had happened, "I

should be quite happy."

"We must try to find him," said the girl.


So she called the Winkies to help her, and they walked all that day and

part of the next until they came to the tall tree in the branches of

which the Winged Monkeys had tossed the Scarecrow's clothes.


It was a very tall tree, and the trunk was so smooth that no one could

climb it; but the Woodman said at once, "I'll chop it down, and then we

can get the Scarecrow's clothes."


Now while the tinsmiths had been at work mending the Woodman himself,

another of the Winkies, who was a goldsmith, had made an axe-handle of

solid gold and fitted it to the Woodman's axe, instead of the old

broken handle.  Others polished the blade until all the rust was

removed and it glistened like burnished silver.


As soon as he had spoken, the Tin Woodman began to chop, and in a short

time the tree fell over with a crash, whereupon the Scarecrow's clothes

fell out of the branches and rolled off on the ground.


Dorothy picked them up and had the Winkies carry them back to the

castle, where they were stuffed with nice, clean straw; and behold!

here was the Scarecrow, as good as ever, thanking them over and over

again for saving him.


Now that they were reunited, Dorothy and her friends spent a few happy

days at the Yellow Castle, where they found everything they needed to

make them comfortable.


But one day the girl thought of Aunt Em, and said, "We must go back to

Oz, and claim his promise."


"Yes," said the Woodman, "at last I shall get my heart."


"And I shall get my brains," added the Scarecrow joyfully.


"And I shall get my courage," said the Lion thoughtfully.


"And I shall get back to Kansas," cried Dorothy, clapping her hands.

"Oh, let us start for the Emerald City tomorrow!"


This they decided to do.  The next day they called the Winkies together

and bade them good-bye.  The Winkies were sorry to have them go, and

they had grown so fond of the Tin Woodman that they begged him to stay

and rule over them and the Yellow Land of the West.  Finding they were

determined to go, the Winkies gave Toto and the Lion each a golden

collar; and to Dorothy they presented a beautiful bracelet studded with

diamonds; and to the Scarecrow they gave a gold-headed walking stick,

to keep him from stumbling; and to the Tin Woodman they offered a

silver oil-can, inlaid with gold and set with precious jewels.


Every one of the travelers made the Winkies a pretty speech in return,

and all shook hands with them until their arms ached.


Dorothy went to the Witch's cupboard to fill her basket with food for

the journey, and there she saw the Golden Cap.  She tried it on her own

head and found that it fitted her exactly.  She did not know anything

about the charm of the Golden Cap, but she saw that it was pretty, so

she made up her mind to wear it and carry her sunbonnet in the basket.


Then, being prepared for the journey, they all started for the Emerald

City; and the Winkies gave them three cheers and many good wishes to

carry with them.


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

  • A. A silver shoe 👠

  • B. A bucket of water 🌊

  • C. A magic spell ✨

  • D. A flying broomstick 🧹

  1. Who helped rescue the Tin Woodman from the rocky plain?

  • A. Flying monkeys 🐒

  • B. Yellow Winkies 💛

  • C. Talking trees 🌳

  • D. Friendly giants 🦥

  1. What special item did the goldsmith make for the Tin Woodman?

  • A. A golden crown 👑

  • B. A silver sword 🗡️

  • C. A gold-handled axe 🪓

  • D. A diamond necklace 💎

  1. Where did Dorothy find the Scarecrow's clothes?

  • A. In a river 🌊

  • B. On a tall tree 🌳

  • C. Under a rock 🪨

  • D. In a cave 🏞️

  1. What did the Winkies give each traveler as a parting gift?

  • A. Toto got a golden bone 🦴

  • B. Dorothy got a diamond necklace 💍

  • C. Scarecrow got a gold-headed walking stick 🌾

  • D. Tin Woodman got a silver oil-can 🛢️


  1. B. A bucket of water 🌊

  2. B. Yellow Winkies 💛

  3. C. A gold-handled axe 🪓

  4. B. On a tall tree 🌳

  5. C. Scarecrow got a gold-headed walking stick 🌾

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