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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Notes on Chapter 3

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The

Chapter 3. How Dorothy Saved the Scarecrow

Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.

Breakfasted, rested, washed & dressed (in the familier white & blue gingham), Dorothy sets out with her new walking shoes-the silver slippers- Toto & a basket of food. She seems to know it will be a long journey and has prepared for such. Again, Dorothy is struck with the beauty of the Eastern lands but also appraises the Munchkins of their evident farming skills. But how can a whole country have a favourite colour? Surely that is a personal choice. Or perhaps for the Munchkins, it’s hereditary? or something simpler like school colours, maybe the predominant colour on their country’s flag? In any case, it strikes me as unusual.

Is everything in Oz colour-coded? Blue for Munchkins, a yellow road and white for witches, curious development.
The Munchkins thought of her as a powerful sorceress, the white in her dress seems to cement that idea. The silver slippers help obviously. In any case, the Munchkins are very gracious with their hospitality, it must be an honor for Boq to have Dorothy eat & sleep under his roof. Handy for Dorothy too.
The Munchkin’s lands seem to be considerably larger than the MGM movie would have me believe, for Dorothy has travelled fo a time already and is still in the country of the East.
The Emerald City (colour-coded green, no doubt) is many days away, by Boq’s reckoning, so Oz must be a vast landscape.

As the chapter closes, Dorothy rests, after several hours, next to the field of the scarcrow.
He is adorned with articles of Munchkin (blue) clothing and very pleasantly winks at her & bids her hello. Of course, she rescues him and invites him along to meet the Great Oz, but what of the fields & crops he was protecting? I do not think the Munchkin farmer will be happy with this decision.
In any case, for a straw-stuffed scarecrow with, apparently, no brains, he can make polite conversation quite well. He makes me wonder if in fact he does have a brain for he has the rational power to fear fire and to associate fire with threat, a lighted match with fire.

I’m tempted to hunt out some maps I’ve seen on the internet but not tempted enough just yet. The point is to discover Oz as Dorothy does.
I do find the colour-coding apparent so far as very odd. The only other colour associated boundries I can remember or that of the old cowboy movies where good guys wore white hats and bad guys wore black hats.


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