By Gregory Maguire
While Dorothy triumphed over the depraved Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's vintage story, we heard merely her aspect of the tale. yet what approximately her arch-nemesis, the mysterious witch? the place did she come from? How did she turn into so depraved? and what's the real nature of evil?
Gregory Maguire creates a delusion international so wealthy and shiny that we'll by no means examine oz. an identical means back. depraved is ready a land the place animals speak and attempt to be handled like top notch voters, Munchkinlanders search the relief of middle-class balance and the Tin guy turns into a sufferer of household violence. after which there's the little green-skinned woman named Elphaba, who will develop as much as be the notorious depraved Witch of the West, a sensible, prickly and misunderstood creature who demanding situations all our preconceived notions in regards to the nature of fine and evil.
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When at last Hazel had got him back to the ditch, he refused at first to go underground and Hazel had almost to push him down the hole. The sun set behind the opposite slope. The wind turned colder, with a scatter of rain, and in less than an hour it was dark. All color had faded from the sky: and although the big board by the gate creaked slightly in the night wind (as though to insist that it had not disappeared in the darkness, but was still firmly where it had been put), there was no passer-by to read the sharp, hard letters that cut straight as black knives across its white surface.
Evidently there were nesting holes in the sheer face below them, for as the light grew they saw three or four martins dart out over the stream and away into the fields beyond. In a short time one returned with his beak full, and they could hear the nestlings squeaking as he flew out of sight beneath their feet. The bank did not extend far in either direction. Upstream, it sloped down to a grassy path between the trees and the water. This followed the line of the river, which ran straight from almost as far away as they could see, flowing smoothly without fords, gravel shallows or plank bridges.
At this moment, as he was still wondering what to say to them, he suddenly realized that something had lightened his spirits. What could it be? A smell? A sound? Then he knew. Nearby, across the river, a lark had begun to twitter and climb. It was morning. A blackbird called one or two deep, slow notes and was followed by a wood pigeon. Soon they were in a gray twilight and could see that the stream bordered the further edge of the wood. On the other side lay open fields. 8. The Crossing The centurion ...