The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, XIX.— Attacked by the Fighting Trees

Tonight's Soundtrack: The Immortals, "Mortal Kombat (Techno-Syndrome 7" Mix)"

I dunno. "Hey, Tin Woodman, we were just wondering - oh wow, your axe is looking particularly sharp in the sunlight today. Um, anyway, we were wondering if you had any idea what we could do about these fighting, y'know, fighting trees?"

Gonna be short chapter without many surprises, is what I'm saying.

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Now that Dorothy's team have their superpowers, the journey south is more a series of inconveniently aggressive rest areas. The Land of Oz won’t put the girl in any real danger - there are no more attacks from things with claws and teeth - it just wants to turn her back. The obstacles are just to keep her from getting any further toward Glinda, Kansas, and the end of the book. Dorothy’s will versus the combined power of narrative structure and the very earth itself, and she’s not even breaking a sweat.

Hook that notion up with one of my other favorite books of childhood and you’ll see why I’ve decided to call my autobiography It Takes a Nation of Grovers to Hold Us Back.

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Well, okay, let’s flip it. We could also ask if there’s a simpler reason for the outer ring of trees to thuggishly protect the forest. I mean, there’s one straight road from Emerald City to Glinda’s place. First you encounter bouncer trees, then a high white wall. Now, that wouldn’t keep out an invading army, so I don’t think Glinda’s worried about Green Soldiers marching on her.

But the Wizard was supreme ruler for a long time. Can’t be that everyone went along with his goggles and gemstones policies. Especially at first, you might have had a lot of disgruntled Emerald Citizens.

Is this chapter a child’s-eye view of Quadling Country’s immigration policy?

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