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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Notes on Chapter 22

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The

Chapter 22. The Country of the Quadlings

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

Lion will return to the forest once Dorothy & Toto are home and so the journey continues in chapter 22.
They barely leave the forest when an obstacle rears its head. Literally.
The short Hammer-head’s refuse passage over the their hill but unfortunately it is the only path South.
Using their jack-in-the-box heads they bully Scarecrow and Lion, who can’t get near enough to the Hammer-heads to attack. Their manner is also that of bullies and won’t be reasoned with or coerced, and like so many bullies in the world they prefer to hang around in groups. In this case hundreds, a whole race of bullies.

Using the final of the wish the Golden Cap, the friends circumvent the problem by just flying over them, safely out of reach. Nothing bugs a bully more than being denied their victim.

The Quadlings, like so many other folk of this country, are polite & hospitable. The Hammer-heads and the Wicked Witches seem to the exceptions in Oz.
Food is freely given without any need for persuasion, as is friendship. Is it any wonder Dorothy and party and so easily admitted to meet Glinda at the end of the journey.

I was mistaken, the Land of South is colour-coded red.
When I think about it, it does make sense.
Blue & yellow are both primary colours so why not use red. Carry on the link between gems & riches, why not associate Glinda with rubies. The Munchkins may not have had much in the way riches but certainly the Winkies had much gold (and some silver) providing a link to yellow.
So the the three major lands I’ve visited are all associated with primary colours, with the Great Oz’s Emerald City being a secondary colour. And why not, the Great Oz was not a native of the country and had his city built after he arrived.
Makes me wonder what the Land of the North’s colour would be red too as I seem to remember the princess/sorceress, who exacted punished on the Winged Monkeys, had a palace from blocks ruby. A Ruby City perhaps.

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