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Chapter 14 The Green Monkey

  • They now entered the house, and as an interested group, watched Jinjur, a_zma's command, build a fire and put a kettle of water over to boil. The Rule_f Oz stood before the fire silent and grave, while the others, realizing tha_n important ceremony of magic was about to be performed, stood quietly in th_ackground so as not to interrupt Ozma's proceedings. Only Polychrome kep_oing in and coming out, humming softly to herself as she danced, for th_ainbow's Daughter could not keep still for long, and the four walls of a roo_lways made her nervous and ill at ease. She moved so noiselessly, however,
  • that her movements were like the shifting of sunbeams and did not anno_nyone.
  • When the water in the kettle bubbled, Ozma drew from her bosom two tin_ackets containing powders. These powders she threw into the kettle and afte_riskly stirring the contents with a branch from a macaroon bush, Ozma poure_he mystic broth upon a broad platter which Jinjur had placed upon the table.
  • As the broth cooled it became as silver, reflecting all objects from it_mooth surface like a mirror.
  • While her companions gathered around the table, eagerly attentive — an_orothy even held little Toto in her arms that he might see — Ozma waved he_and over the mirror-like surface. At once it reflected the interior of Yoo_astle, and in the big hall sat Mrs. Yoop, in her best embroidered silke_obes, engaged in weaving a new lace apron to replace the one she had lost.
  • The Giantess seemed rather uneasy, as if she had a faint idea that someone wa_pying upon her, for she kept looking behind her and this way and that, a_hough expecting danger from an unknown source. Perhaps some yookooho_nstinct warned her. Woot saw that she had escaped from her room by some o_he magical means at her disposal, after her prisoners had escaped her. Sh_as now occupying the big hall of her castle as she used to do. Also Woo_hought, from the cruel expression on the face of the Giantess, that she wa_lanning revenge on them, as soon as her new magic apron was finished
  • But Ozma was now making passes over the platter with her silver Wand, an_resently the form of the Giantess began to shrink in size and to change it_hape. And now, in her place sat the form of Woot the Wanderer, and as i_uddenly realizing her transformation Mrs. Yoop threw down her work and rushe_o a looking-glass that stood against the wall of her room. When she saw th_oy's form reflected as her own, she grew violently angry and dashed her hea_gainst the mirror, smashing it to atoms.
  • Just then Ozma was busy with her magic Wand, making strange figures, and sh_ad also placed her left hand firmly upon the shoulder of the Green Monkey. S_ow, as all eyes were turned upon the platter, the form of Mrs. Yoop graduall_hanged again. She was slowly transformed into the Green Monkey, and at th_ame time Woot slowly regained his natural form.
  • It was quite a surprise to them all when they raised their eyes from th_latter and saw Woot the Wanderer standing beside Ozma. And, when they glance_t the platter again, it reflected nothing more than the walls of the room i_injur's house in which they stood. The magic ceremonial was ended, and Ozm_f Oz had triumphed over the wicked Giantess.
  • "What will become of her, I wonder?" said Dorothy, as she drew a long breath.
  • "She will always remain a Green Monkey," replied Ozma, "and in that form sh_ill be unable to perform any magical arts whatsoever. She need not b_nhappy, however, and as she lives all alone in her castle she probably won'_ind the transformation very much after she gets used to it."
  • "Anyhow, it serves her right," declared Dorothy, and all agreed with her.
  • "But," said the kind hearted Tin Woodman, "I'm afraid the Green Monkey wil_tarve, for Mrs. Yoop used to get her food by magic, and now that the magic i_aken away from her, what can she eat?"
  • "Why, she'll eat what other monkeys do," returned the Scarecrow. "Even in th_orm of a Green Monkey, she's a very clever person, and I'm sure her wits wil_how her how to get plenty to eat."
  • "Don't worry about her," advised Dorothy. "She didn't worry about you, and he_ondition is no worse than the condition she imposed on poor Woot. She can'_tarve to death in the Land of Oz, that's certain, and if she gets hungry a_imes it's no more than the wicked thing deserves. Let's forget Mrs. Yoop;
  • for, in spite of her being a yookoohoo, our fairy friends have broken all o_er transformations."