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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Notes on Chapters 23 & 24

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The

Chapter 23. Glinda The Good Witch Grants Dorothy’s Wish

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

So Glinda’s castle may not be made of rubies but her throne is. Her dress though, is the white of a powerful sorceress which is to be expected.

Dorothy puts her case to the kindly Glinda, even being concerned that her family would be terribly worse off should they arrange a mourning for her. She still remembers that her family is poor even through her great adventures.

Well it seems it is Glinda and not Dorothy who will free the Winged Monkeys, after having used her three wishes to return the companions to the new kingdoms of course. I agree with Dorothy, Glinda really is good. She could have used the Golden Cap for her own purposes but she chooses not to.

Ah, so the Silver Shoes (or Slippers depending on which chapter I’m reading) can get Dorothy home and Glinda helpfully informs her how. Good job the Good Witch of the North didn’t tell her or there’d be no story.

And so with three clicks of her heels, Dorothy & Toto are home again.

Glinda only mentioned this one power of the Silver Shoes, she doesn’t mention what it’s other powers might be. Dorothy loses the Silver Shoes during the journey home so I may never know what else they could do, unless they are found during one of the other books in the series.

When she arrives home, Aunt Em & Uncle Henry are performing their daily tasks. Does this mean that Dorothy wasn’t away for very long, or was her disappearance just treated as terrible tragedy and that life goes on.

Chapter 24. Home Again

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

Whatever my thoughts at the end of chapter 23, it’s obvious that Dorothy is welcomed with sincerity and love and that’s the kind of homecoming that everyone deserves.

I will now consider this one of favourite books, a long list already.
I’ll give Oz a rest but I will be visiting the next book in the series. Maybe I’ll be able to read the next book a little faster than this, although most of my total reading time is also writing time as I have made all my notes while reading the book.

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.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Notes on Chapter 21

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The

Chapter 21. The Lion Becomes the King of Beasts

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

It’s obvious by the title of the chapter that Lion will, very soon, also have a new home & domain to rule.

All these varied animals having a meeting, united by a common threat. A person wouldn’t normally see a fox amongst such jungle animals either, or a bear for that matter.
Lion calmly hushes the crowd of animals with merely his presence and finally there is a lion once more in the forest.

A giant spider, again shades of Tolkien, only this culprit brings the evil Shelob to mind.
Lion is wise to strike while the massive spider is asleep but some might say not very courageous.
Who cares though, the tyrant is dead and the forest animals have a new lord and all is well.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Notes on Chapter 20

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The

Chapter 20. The Dainty China Country

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

Well I was wrong about the white wall, I don’t mind though because if the book was that predictable it would negate the reason for reading it. If it was a boring book then I wouldn’t bother finishing it, never mind considering a re-read in the future.

I like the idea of a china cup being inhabited by people & animals made of china. It’s all really very sweet. Reminds me of an animal farm toy set I had as a child, before I was introduced to the wonder that is Lego.
I would have liked to met the mender, must take him or her ages to fix the clown.

Although the China Country wasn’t dangerous, it was novel and I’m glad that the journey isn’t constantly fraught with dangers.
I’ll bet the residents of this Country will be glad to see the five of them leave, having injured a milkmaid & her cow wasn’t enough damage. When they climbed the wall to leave they successfully decimated a church in the process.
Very careless of them, not to mention insensitive to the diminutive township.

Now, it may be taking me a while to read this book, but it’s far from being a boring read. The China Country is just another example of how much I am loving this book.
I can’t fathom why it took me so long to find Oz.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Notes on Chapter 19

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The

Chapter 19. Attacked by the Fighting Trees

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

The friends bid farewell to the Emerald City, the residents are sad to see Dorothy leave but have no doubt that Scarecrow is the right person to rule their city. Certainly no-one has been glad to be rid of him.
As they hardly know the man of straw they have excepted his right to rule without question, which is oddly accepting of them.

The journey to the South is so far, only minorly impeded by the trees and then only by the trees on the outskirts of the forest. But what of this white wall of porcelain.

A white wall at the edge of the forest, could this mean that Glinda’s lands are colour-coded white.
White is also the colour (if you can call white a colour) representing powerful witches.
Just guessing though.

I’ve been wondering about the trees. Guardians.
A person might draw comparisons to J. R. R. Tolkien’s “Ents”, but of course The Wonderful Wizard of Oz pre-dates The Lord of the Rings so I can only wonder if my fellow Midlander Tolkien ever read the works of L. Frank Baum.
Funny how some thoughts can go round and round in my head.

And the drums never stop…

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Notes on Chapter 18

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The

Chapter 18. Away to the South

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

Scarecrow suggests enlisting the Winged Monkeys to carry Dorothy home across the desert. She calls them using the Golden Cap but of course they can’t help her. I doubt many, if any of the indigenous population have ever left their country.
Which leads me to the matter of the Good Witch of the South, Glinda, who may be able to help Dorothy where others could not. Why is she the only Witch who is declared by name. I can’t remember the other three witches even having a name, rather impersonal of Baum.

Scarecrow, despite bring the new ruler of the Emerald City,will accompany Dorothy & his friends to the South. There is danger to be faced but it is very clear that all three friends are loyal & dedicated to Dorothy & Toto.
At this point I am not surprised at their dedication to her.

Glinda punished the Winged Monkeys, has quite the reputation for being Good and powerful but no-one ever seems to have ever left the Southern Lands.
What manner of danger lurks on the road to the South if even Glinda can’t protect those leaving her dominion.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Notes on Chapter 17

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The

Chapter 17. How the Balloon Was Launched

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

If nothing else, the Great Oz is a truely fantastic con-man. All three of Dorothy’s companions are blissfully happy. Damn, Oz is good. It reminds me of some thoughts I expressed at the beginning of the book; the brains, heart & courage really has been there from the start.
Oz may have duped them but I must admit, he has given them the self-confidence they were lacking.

Dorothy agrees to help Oz create a hot-air balloon. It makes sense, both Oz & Dorothy arrived by air (with some major help from nature), so the way home would have to be through flight. Pity Toto ruins her chances.

Poor Dorothy, she waits for days until Oz sends for her and it’s another three days before the balloon is ready for take-off.
Seeing Oz fly away must be a disheartening thing to see. But Oz didn’t know for sure which way Kansas & Omaha lies, so who’s to say if even he made it home. He could have landed in Tibet for all I know, Baum tells me nothing.

On a side note, Oz must have been confident about Scarecrow’s level of intelligence to leave him in charge of the Emerald City. This should boost Scarcrow’s confidence levels even more, however frightening the prospect may be.