THE WIZARD OF OZ AUDIO BOOK :CHAPTER 7: THE FIELD OF SLEEP
CHAPTER 7 : THE FIELD OF SLEEP
The friends walked as fast as they could. As they walked, they looked at all the beautiful things around them. Brightly colored birds were flying about and singing in the trees. The ground was covered with yellow, white, blue and purple flowers. There were lots of bright-red poppies too.
“The poppies are the most beautiful flowers,” Dorothy said. “They are so bright and their scent is beautiful.”
“I have always loved flowers,” said the Cowardly Lion.
“But these are more beautiful than the ones in the forest.”
“I would like them more, if I had brains,” said the Scarecrow.
“And I would love them too, if I had a heart,” said the Tin Man.
There were more and more poppies now. Their scent was very strong and Dorothy began to feel sleepy. Toto was sleepy too. Dorothy was in danger, but she did not know it. If she fell asleep in the poppy field, she might never wake up again.
“I’m very tired,” Dorothy said. “I must sleep.”
“No, you can’t sleep here, my dear,” the Tin Man told her.
“We must get back to the yellow brick road before dark.” But it was too late. Dorothy’s eyes had closed.
“What shall we do?” the Tin Man asked.
“If we leave her here, she will never wake again,” the Lion replied. “You are safe, but I’m made of flesh. I’m becoming sleepy too.”
“Then run as fast as you can,” the Scarecrow said to the Lion. “The Tin Man and I will carry Dorothy and Toto out of the field. But we can’t carry you! Go quickly!”
The Cowardly Lion began to run through the poppy field and the friends carried the girl and her dog between them. They walked on through the poppies. Near the end of the field, they found the Cowardly Lion. He was fast asleep.
“We can’t carry him. He is too heavy,” the Tin Man said sadly. “He will sleep here for ever. Perhaps he will dream that he has courage.”
“I’m sorry to leave him,” the Scarecrow replied. “He was a coward, but he was a good friend. He helped us all.”
Dorothy and Toto were fast asleep too. The Scarecrow and the Tin Man carried them out of the poppy field and put them down on the grass. Then they waited for Dorothy to wake up.