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The Wizard of Oz - Chapter 23 and 24



Before they went to see Glinda, however, they were taken to a room of

the Castle, where Dorothy washed her face and combed her hair, and the

Lion shook the dust out of his mane, and the Scarecrow patted himself

into his best shape, and the Woodman polished his tin and oiled his

joints.

When they were all quite presentable they followed the soldier girl

into a big room where the Witch Glinda sat upon a throne of rubies.

She was both beautiful and young to their eyes. Her hair was a rich

red in color and fell in flowing ringlets over her shoulders. Her

dress was pure white but her eyes were blue, and they looked kindly

upon the little girl.

"What can I do for you, my child?" she asked.

Dorothy told the Witch all her story: how the cyclone had brought her

to the Land of Oz, how she had found her companions, and of the

wonderful adventures they had met with.

"My greatest wish now," she added, "is to get back to Kansas, for Aunt

Em will surely think something dreadful has happened to me, and that

will make her put on mourning; and unless the crops are better this

year than they were last, I am sure Uncle Henry cannot afford it."

Glinda leaned forward and kissed the sweet, upturned face of the loving

little girl.

"Bless your dear heart," she said, "I am sure I can tell you of a way

to get back to Kansas." Then she added, "But, if I do, you must give

me the Golden Cap."

"Willingly!" exclaimed Dorothy; "indeed, it is of no use to me now, and

when you have it you can command the Winged Monkeys three times."

"And I think I shall need their service just those three times,"

answered Glinda, smiling.

Dorothy then gave her the Golden Cap, and the Witch said to the

Scarecrow, "What will you do when Dorothy has left us?"

"I will return to the Emerald City," he replied, "for Oz has made me

its ruler and the people like me. The only thing that worries me is

how to cross the hill of the Hammer-Heads."

"By means of the Golden Cap I shall command the Winged Monkeys to carry

you to the gates of the Emerald City," said Glinda, "for it would be a

shame to deprive the people of so wonderful a ruler."

"Am I really wonderful?" asked the Scarecrow.

"You are unusual," replied Glinda.

Turning to the Tin Woodman, she asked, "What will become of you when

Dorothy leaves this country?"

He leaned on his axe and thought a moment. Then he said, "The Winkies

were very kind to me, and wanted me to rule over them after the Wicked

Witch died. I am fond of the Winkies, and if I could get back again to

the Country of the West, I should like nothing better than to rule over

them forever."

"My second command to the Winged Monkeys," said Glinda "will be that

they carry you safely to the land of the Winkies. Your brain may not

be so large to look at as those of the Scarecrow, but you are really

brighter than he is--when you are well polished--and I am sure you will

rule the Winkies wisely and well."

Then the Witch looked at the big, shaggy Lion and asked, "When Dorothy

has returned to her own home, what will become of you?"

"Over the hill of the Hammer-Heads," he answered, "lies a grand old

forest, and all the beasts that live there have made me their King. If

I could only get back to this forest, I would pass my life very happily

there."

"My third command to the Winged Monkeys," said Glinda, "shall be to

carry you to your forest. Then, having used up the powers of the

Golden Cap, I shall give it to the King of the Monkeys, that he and his

band may thereafter be free for evermore."

The Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman and the Lion now thanked the Good

Witch earnestly for her kindness; and Dorothy exclaimed:

"You are certainly as good as you are beautiful! But you have not yet

told me how to get back to Kansas."

"Your Silver Shoes will carry you over the desert," replied Glinda.

"If you had known their power you could have gone back to your Aunt Em

the very first day you came to this country."

"But then I should not have had my wonderful brains!" cried the

Scarecrow. "I might have passed my whole life in the farmer's

cornfield."

"And I should not have had my lovely heart," said the Tin Woodman. "I

might have stood and rusted in the forest till the end of the world."

"And I should have lived a coward forever," declared the Lion, "and no

beast in all the forest would have had a good word to say to me."

"This is all true," said Dorothy, "and I am glad I was of use to these

good friends. But now that each of them has had what he most desired,

and each is happy in having a kingdom to rule besides, I think I should

like to go back to Kansas."

"The Silver Shoes," said the Good Witch, "have wonderful powers. And

one of the most curious things about them is that they can carry you to

any place in the world in three steps, and each step will be made in

the wink of an eye. All you have to do is to knock the heels together

three times and command the shoes to carry you wherever you wish to go."

"If that is so," said the child joyfully, "I will ask them to carry me

back to Kansas at once."

She threw her arms around the Lion's neck and kissed him, patting his

big head tenderly. Then she kissed the Tin Woodman, who was weeping in

a way most dangerous to his joints. But she hugged the soft, stuffed

body of the Scarecrow in her arms instead of kissing his painted face,

and found she was crying herself at this sorrowful parting from her

loving comrades.

Glinda the Good stepped down from her ruby throne to give the little

girl a good-bye kiss, and Dorothy thanked her for all the kindness she

had shown to her friends and herself.

Dorothy now took Toto up solemnly in her arms, and having said one last

good-bye she clapped the heels of her shoes together three times,

saying:

"Take me home to Aunt Em!"

Instantly she was whirling through the air, so swiftly that all she

could see or feel was the wind whistling past her ears.

The Silver Shoes took but three steps, and then she stopped so suddenly

that she rolled over upon the grass several times before she knew where

she was.

At length, however, she sat up and looked about her.

"Good gracious!" she cried.

For she was sitting on the broad Kansas prairie, and just before her

was the new farmhouse Uncle Henry built after the cyclone had carried

away the old one. Uncle Henry was milking the cows in the barnyard,

and Toto had jumped out of her arms and was running toward the barn,

barking furiously.

Dorothy stood up and found she was in her stocking-feet. For the

Silver Shoes had fallen off in her flight through the air, and were

lost forever in the desert.

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

were to be admitted at once.


Chapter 24


Aunt Em had just come out of the house to water the cabbages when she

looked up and saw Dorothy running toward her.

"My darling child!" she cried, folding the little girl in her arms and

covering her face with kisses. "Where in the world did you come from?"

"From the Land of Oz," said Dorothy gravely. "And here is Toto, too.

And oh, Aunt Em! I'm so glad to be at home again!"

The End


QUIZ TIME! 🌟👠

Question 1: Where did Dorothy and her friends go before meeting Glinda?

  • A) They went to sleep in the castle's guest rooms 🛏️

  • B) They washed up and prepared themselves in a room of the castle 🚿

  • C) They explored the castle's gardens 🌳

  • D) They had a picnic outside the castle 🧺

Question 2: What did Dorothy give to Glinda in exchange for help getting back to Kansas?

  • A) Her Silver Shoes 👠

  • B) Her Golden Cap 🧢

  • C) Her Toto 🐶

  • D) Her Scarecrow doll 🎩

Question 3: What did the Scarecrow want to do after Dorothy returned to Kansas?

  • A) Rule over the land of the Winkies 🌾

  • B) Become a farmer in Kansas 🌽

  • C) Join the Winged Monkeys 🐒

  • D) Travel the Yellow Brick Road 🌈

Question 4: How did Glinda help the Tin Woodman get back to the land of the Winkies?

  • A) By giving him a magic axe 🪓

  • B) By using the Golden Cap to summon Winged Monkeys 🐒🪶

  • C) By teaching him how to build bridges 🌉

  • D) By giving him a horse 🐴

Question 5: What did Dorothy use to return to Kansas?

  • A) The Yellow Brick Road 🌟

  • B) A magic broom 🧹

  • C) The Silver Shoes, clicking them three times 👠👠👠

  • D) A hot air balloon 🎈

Answers:

  1. B) They washed up and prepared themselves in a room of the castle 🚿

  2. A) Her Silver Shoes 👠

  3. A) Rule over the land of the Winkies 🌾

  4. B) By using the Golden Cap to summon Winged Monkeys 🐒🪶

  5. C) The Silver Shoes, clicking them three times 👠👠👠

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