Then Dorothy lost heart. She sat down on the grass and looked at her companions, and they sat down and looked at her, and Toto found that for the first time in his life he was too tired to chase a butterfly that flew past his head. So he put out his tongue and panted and looked at Dorothy as if to ask what they should do next.
Greetings! Today we are back to looking at L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by summarizing and analyzing chapter thirteen and fourteen. After the destruction of the Wicked Witch, Dorothy and friends find themselves in a place to call home…if only for a short time. Onward!
Chapter Thirteen Summary: The Rescue
Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion, freed from the Wicked Witches enslavement, set about trying to save their friends, who were destroyed violently by the Winged Monkeys. Dorothy asks the Winkies to help her collect and save her friends, and they happily oblige.
So they called the yellow Winkies and asked them if they would help to rescue their friends, and the Winkies said that they would be delighted to do all in their power for Dorothy, who had set them free from bondage. So she chose a number of the Winkies who looked as if they knew the most, and they all started away.
The Winkies fixed up the Tin Woodsman as some of their ranks were knowledgeable about tin working and they sharpened his axe, setting him up as if he were brand new. Then, they found and brought The Scarecrow back to the Wicked Witch’s castle and stuffed him with new straw and sewed him back up again. At this point, because they were all rejoined in good company in the Wicked Witch’s Yellow Castle, the “spent a few happy days” there until they realized that they had to venture off again to the Emerald City—with a few new tools even.
Dorothy went to the Witch’s cupboard to fill her basket with food for the journey, and there she saw the Golden Cap. She tried it on her own head and found that it fitted her exactly. She did not know anything about the charm of the Golden Cap, but she saw that it was pretty, so she made up her mind to wear it and carry her sunbonnet in the basket. Then, being prepared for the journey, they all started for the Emerald City; and the Winkies gave them three cheers and many good wishes to carry with them.
Chapter Fourteen Summary: The Winged Monkeys
On their way to the Emerald City, Dorothy and her companions become lost and have to resort to asking the field mice if they know they direction. As it turns out, though the Queen of the Field Mice tells them the correct direction, they realize that they are far off course, as the Winged Monkeys had kidnapped them and flown them a great distance to reach the evil witch.
It is here that Dorothy is told that the Golden Cap she took from the witch is actually a charm that allows her to possess the Winged Monkeys for her own benefit. After calling upon them, she asks them to fly her and her friends to the Emerald City. The Winged Monkey’s agree to do so because Dorothy controls them.
“We will carry you,” replied the King, and no sooner had he spoken than two of the Monkeys caught Dorothy in their arms and flew away with her. Others took the Scarecrow and the Woodman and the Lion, and one little Monkey seized Toto and flew after them, although the dog tried hard to bite him.
While flying, the Winged Monkeys tell Dorothy about how they became enslaved by the cap, and it involved dropping a sorceress’s loved one in a river, because the Winged Monkeys are mischievous creatures that’s what fantastical creatures do in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The sorceress, unhappy with the Winged Monkeys’ conduct, threatened them with the same treatment if they did not agree to her wishes: “… the Winged Monkeys should ever after do three times the bidding of the owner of the Golden Cap.”
After the story, Dorothy and her friends are dropped at the gates of the Emerald City and the Winged Monkeys depart until they are needed again.
In this chapter, the company uses the friendships and skills they have acquired on their journey to fight against hardship. The field mice once again direct them to the right place, and Dorothy uses a newly acquired magical item to help her and friends reach their objective. Likewise, we continue seeing Dorothy’s resourcefulness and compassion in this chapter. She implores the Winkies to help her, which they do, and asks the field mice for help, which they also do, and she also uses the Winged Monkeys to her benefit.
Journeys and quests aren’t supposed to be easy and they should be filled to the brim with danger and excitement, and we get a lot of that here, especially when they put together her friends and venture off yet again to head back home. In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, just because you think the adventure is over, one more thing always seems to creep up to hinder the heroes.
Baum, L. Frank. “The Wizard of Oz the First Five Novels.” Fall River Press, 2014.