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The Wizard of Oz - Chapter 22



The four travelers passed through the rest of the forest in safety, and

when they came out from its gloom saw before them a steep hill, covered

from top to bottom with great pieces of rock.

"That will be a hard climb," said the Scarecrow, "but we must get over

the hill, nevertheless."

So he led the way and the others followed. They had nearly reached the

first rock when they heard a rough voice cry out, "Keep back!"

"Who are you?" asked the Scarecrow.

Then a head showed itself over the rock and the same voice said, "This

hill belongs to us, and we don't allow anyone to cross it."

"But we must cross it," said the Scarecrow. "We're going to the

country of the Quadlings."

"But you shall not!" replied the voice, and there stepped from behind

the rock the strangest man the travelers had ever seen.

He was quite short and stout and had a big head, which was flat at the

top and supported by a thick neck full of wrinkles. But he had no arms

at all, and, seeing this, the Scarecrow did not fear that so helpless a

creature could prevent them from climbing the hill. So he said, "I'm

sorry not to do as you wish, but we must pass over your hill whether

you like it or not," and he walked boldly forward.

As quick as lightning the man's head shot forward and his neck

stretched out until the top of the head, where it was flat, struck the

Scarecrow in the middle and sent him tumbling, over and over, down the

hill. Almost as quickly as it came the head went back to the body, and

the man laughed harshly as he said, "It isn't as easy as you think!"

A chorus of boisterous laughter came from the other rocks, and Dorothy

saw hundreds of the armless Hammer-Heads upon the hillside, one behind

every rock.

The Lion became quite angry at the laughter caused by the Scarecrow's

mishap, and giving a loud roar that echoed like thunder, he dashed up

the hill.

Again a head shot swiftly out, and the great Lion went rolling down the

hill as if he had been struck by a cannon ball.

Dorothy ran down and helped the Scarecrow to his feet, and the Lion

came up to her, feeling rather bruised and sore, and said, "It is

useless to fight people with shooting heads; no one can withstand them."

"What can we do, then?" she asked.

"Call the Winged Monkeys," suggested the Tin Woodman. "You have still

the right to command them once more."

"Very well," she answered, and putting on the Golden Cap she uttered

the magic words. The Monkeys were as prompt as ever, and in a few

moments the entire band stood before her.

"What are your commands?" inquired the King of the Monkeys, bowing low.

"Carry us over the hill to the country of the Quadlings," answered the

girl.

"It shall be done," said the King, and at once the Winged Monkeys

caught the four travelers and Toto up in their arms and flew away with

them. As they passed over the hill the Hammer-Heads yelled with

vexation, and shot their heads high in the air, but they could not

reach the Winged Monkeys, which carried Dorothy and her comrades safely

over the hill and set them down in the beautiful country of the

Quadlings.

"This is the last time you can summon us," said the leader to Dorothy;

"so good-bye and good luck to you."

"Good-bye, and thank you very much," returned the girl; and the Monkeys

rose into the air and were out of sight in a twinkling.

The country of the Quadlings seemed rich and happy. There was field

upon field of ripening grain, with well-paved roads running between,

and pretty rippling brooks with strong bridges across them. The fences

and houses and bridges were all painted bright red, just as they had

been painted yellow in the country of the Winkies and blue in the

country of the Munchkins. The Quadlings themselves, who were short and

fat and looked chubby and good-natured, were dressed all in red, which

showed bright against the green grass and the yellowing grain.

The Monkeys had set them down near a farmhouse, and the four travelers

walked up to it and knocked at the door. It was opened by the farmer's

wife, and when Dorothy asked for something to eat the woman gave them

all a good dinner, with three kinds of cake and four kinds of cookies,

and a bowl of milk for Toto.

"How far is it to the Castle of Glinda?" asked the child.

"It is not a great way," answered the farmer's wife. "Take the road to

the South and you will soon reach it."

Thanking the good woman, they started afresh and walked by the fields

and across the pretty bridges until they saw before them a very

beautiful Castle. Before the gates were three young girls, dressed in

handsome red uniforms trimmed with gold braid; and as Dorothy

approached, one of them said to her:

"Why have you come to the South Country?"

"To see the Good Witch who rules here," she answered. "Will you take

me to her?"

"Let me have your name, and I will ask Glinda if she will receive you."

They told who they were, and the girl soldier went into the Castle.

After a few moments she came back to say that Dorothy and the others

were to be admitted at once.


QUIZ TIME! 🌈✨

Question 1: What kind of creatures lived on the hill the travelers had to cross?

  • A) Talking trees 🌳

  • B) Armless Hammer-Heads 🚫👐

  • C) Flying monkeys 🐒🦅

  • D) Singing fairies 🧚‍♂️🎶

Question 2: How did the Scarecrow and the Lion get knocked down by the Hammer-Heads?

  • A) They were blown over by strong winds 💨

  • B) The Hammer-Heads threw rocks at them 🪨

  • C) The Hammer-Heads shot their heads forward 👤

  • D) They slipped on the steep hill ⛰️

Question 3: What solution did the travelers use to overcome the Hammer-Heads?

  • A) They asked politely to cross the hill 🙏

  • B) They fought the Hammer-Heads with sticks 🌿

  • C) They called upon the Winged Monkeys for help 🐒🪶

  • D) They built a bridge over the hill 🌉

Question 4: Where did the Winged Monkeys carry Dorothy and her friends after rescuing them?

  • A) To a scary forest 🌳👹

  • B) To the top of a mountain ⛰️

  • C) Safely over the hill to the Quadlings' country 🌈🏞️

  • D) Back to the land of the Hammer-Heads 🚫👐

Question 5: What color were the houses, fences, and bridges in the country of the Quadlings?

  • A) Yellow 💛

  • B) Blue 💙

  • C) Red ❤️

  • D) Green 💚

Answers:

  1. B) Armless Hammer-Heads 🚫👐

  2. C) The Hammer-Heads shot their heads forward 👤

  3. C) They called upon the Winged Monkeys for help 🐒🪶

  4. C) Safely over the hill to the Quadlings' country 🌈🏞️

  5. C) Red ❤️

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