THE WIZARD OF OZ AUDIO BOOK :CHAPTER 10: THE GREAT WIZARD OF OZ
CHAPTER 10 : THE GREAT WIZARD OF OZ
The next morning, the green girl came for Dorothy. Oz had asked to see the girl and her little dog.
“Oz does not usually see people,” the green girl explained.
“But the soldier told him about your Silver Shoes. The Great Oz was very interested. He will see you now, in his Throne Room. I think that you are very brave, my dear.”
The Throne Room was round and high and very big. Everything in it was covered in shining emeralds. Oz’s green throne stood in the middle of the room. On the throne was a Huge Head. There was no body, no arms and no legs. The Head had no hair, but it had two eyes, a nose and a mouth. The mouth opened and Oz spoke.
“I am Oz, the Great and the Terrible,” he said. “Who “I am Dorothy, the Small and the Quiet,” the girl replied.
“Where did you get those Silver Shoes?” the Wizard asked.
“From the Wicked Witch of the East,” Dorothy replied. “My house fell on her and killed her.”
“The Good Witch of the North has kissed you,” the Great Oz said slowly. “I can see her mark.”
“Yes, then she sent me to you, Great Oz,” Dorothy replied.
“You have had a long journey. Why are you here?” Oz asked. “What do you want me to do?”
“Please send me back to my Aunt Em and Uncle Henry in Kansas,” Dorothy said quickly. “You have a beautiful country, but it is not my home. I have been away from Kansas for so long. I do so want to go home!”
“Why do you need my help?” Oz asked. “You killed the Wicked Witch of the East all by yourself.
“That was a mistake,” Dorothy replied.
“I see,” Oz said. “Well, I will help you. But you must also help me.”
“What can I do for you?” she asked in surprise.
“You must kill the Wicked Witch of the West,” Oz replied.
“I don’t want to kill anyone!” Dorothy cried.
“You killed the Wicked Witch of the East. You are wearing her Silver Shoes. When the Wicked Witch of the West is dead, I will send you back to Kansas,” Oz said.
Dorothy began to cry.
“The Witch may be wicked, but I still don’t want to kill
her,” she told Oz. “I am only a girl and you are Oz, the Great
and the Terrible. Why don’t you kill her yourself?”
“You have my answer,” Oz replied. “If you don’t kill the Wicked Witch, you’ll never see your aunt and uncle again!”
Dorothy went back to her friends and told them everything.
“I shall never get back to Kansas now,” she said sadly.
Her friends were very sorry, but they could not help her. Dorothy went back to her green room with Toto. Then she lay down on the green bed and cried until she fell asleep.
The next morning, the Scarecrow was taken to see Oz.
“I must not be afraid of a Head,” the Scarecrow said to himself, as he walked into the Throne Room. Dorothy had told the Scarecrow about her meeting with Oz the day before.
She had explained that Oz was a Head with no hair, two eyes, a nose and a mouth.
But when the Scarecrow looked up he saw, not a Head, but a beautiful Woman sitting on the throne. She was dressed in green and her hair was green too. She had two huge wings
that moved all the time.
“Who are you?” the Scarecrow asked in surprise.
“I am Oz, the Great and the Terrible,” the Green Woman said. “Who are you? And why are you here?”
“I am a Scarecrow, I am stuffed with straw,” the Scarecrow said. “I would like to have brains in my head, instead of straw.”
“I can give you brains,” said the Green Woman. “I am the Great Oz and I can do anything. But first you must do something for me. I want you to kill the Wicked Witch of the West.”
“But you asked Dorothy to kill the Witch!” the Scarecrow replied.
“I don’t care who kills the Witch,” Oz told the Scarecrow.
“But you will have no brains until she is dead. You can go now.”
The Scarecrow was very sad. He went back to his friends and told them everything. The next morning, it was the Tin Man’s turn to see the Wizard.
When the Tin Man saw the Great Oz, he was very afraid. This time, the Great Wizard was a Huge Animal. The Huge Animal had five eyes, five arms and five legs. It was covered in long hair. It was much bigger than the Cowardly Lion.
“I am Oz, the Great and the Terrible,” the Huge Animal roared. “Who are you and why are you here?”
“I am a woodman,” the Tin Man said. “As you can see, I am made of tin and so I have no heart. Please give me a heart, Great Oz. Then I can love and be happy.”
“First you must kill the Wicked Witch of the West,” the Huge Animal roared. “Then I will give you a heart.”
“Well, it will be my turn tomorrow,” the Cowardly Lion said when the Tin Man had returned to his friends. “I am ready for the Head, the Green Woman or the Huge Animal. I will roar and the Great Oz will be afraid of me.” But when the Cowardly Lion saw Oz, he had a surprise.
This time, the Great Wizard was a Ball of Fire, hot and bright. The Cowardly Lion was very afraid.
“I am Oz, the Great and the Terrible,” the Ball of Fire roared. “Who are you and why are you here?”
“I’m the Cowardly Lion and I’m always afraid,” the Lion said. “Please give me courage so I can be King of the animals.”
The Ball of Fire became hotter and hotter and the Cowardly Lion had to move further away.
“When the Wicked Witch of the West is dead, I will give you courage,” the Wizard said. “What do you think of that?”
The Cowardly Lion was too afraid to answer. He ran back to his friends and told them everything.
“What can we do now?” Dorothy asked sadly.
“We must find the Wicked Witch and kill her,” the
Cowardly Lion said. “If we don’t, I will never have courage.”
“And I will never have brains,” said the Scarecrow.
“And I will never have a heart,” said the Tin Man.
“And I will never see Aunt Em and Uncle Henry again,” said Dorothy. And her tears fell onto her beautiful green dress.
“Don’t cry, you’ll spoil your dress,” the Tin Man told her.
So Dorothy stopped crying and said,
“We must find the Witch, but I don’t want to kill her.”
“I’ll go with you, but I am a coward,” the Lion replied.
“I have no brains, but I will go with you,” the Scarecrow said.
“I don’t want to kill anyone, but I will go with you too,”
the Tin Man said. “We’ll all go together and find the Wicked Witch.”
“We’ll go tomorrow,” Dorothy said, and Toto barked loudly