Chapter 6.The Cowardly Lion
Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.
Meeting with the lion is a strange affair. The lion roars & snaps his great jaws, claws at Dorothy’s companions and almost eats faithful little Toto. Dorothy again jumps to the rescue and verbally berates the lion. How can she seem to cope with Munchkins, living scarecrows & tin woodsmen, witches and now talking lions without loosing any semblance of calm or sanity?
She and the others show a remarkable level of forgiveness towards the lion. They seem to sympathise with his feelings of loneliness & apparent cowardliness, and so the last of the companions has joined the little band.
Dorothy’s assessment of the lion as a bodyguard shows a capacity for common sense. The lion may be cowardly but, as he himself points out, one look at him and (almost) everyone runs. His roar has been proven to have an even greater impact.
I’ve gone past my five chapter cutt-off point and find I am rather intrigued with Baum’s world of Oz.
The chapters so far have been short but compelling. The characters live & breath, even little Toto has a part to play. Baum does not forget to write about him just because he is a dog & has no dialogue, unlike the other inhabitants of Oz. At the end of this chapter, Toto & the lion even become friends despite the risk to Toto’s life by the jaws & teeth of the great cat. Quite an interesting development.
Of course, now Dorothy has one more mouth to feed and has yet to replenish her dwindling food supply. Perhaps Lion can help?