The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, XIII.—How the Four Were Reunited

Tonight’s Soundtrack: Ken Nordine, “Yellow (Was In Serious Trouble)”


Or, as it is known in the actual book, “Chapter XIII. The Rescue.” 

Baum is such a maverick that he doesn’t even keep continuity with his own Table of Contents. USA! USA! USA!

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The people who live here in the western part of Oz are called Winkies. Now, you might think that’s enough to keep Dunkin’ Donuts from ever naming a product after them, but there’s also the matter of troublesome politics.

Munchkins get liberated from the Wicked Witch of the East, they throw spontaneous parties and say, “Thanks for the assist, little girl. Wizard’s that way.” The Winkies, even though they’ve been slaves to the Wicked Witch of the West for roughly the same time, they establish a national holiday for their day of rescue, and then tell Dorothy they’ll do whatever she wants them to.

The kindest way to put it is that Winkies like order.

A less kind scenario leaps to mind at the end of the chapter when the Winkies beg the Tin Woodman - no, literally, “they begged him to stay and rule over them and the Yellow Land of the West.” - to not leave them without someone to tell them what to do. I mean, I’m no fan of democracy either, but surely there were some local picks?

Winkies are the fantasy “Dish of the Day” for an imperial mindset, is I guess what I’m saying.

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Where that leaves West Witch, moral culpability-wise, is y’know, so last chapter.

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I... I ... even the flying monkeys need a magic cap to command them, and you can only use that three times! Winkies are just… ugh. Troublesome.