DOROTHY MEETS A GOOD WITCH
Dorothy slept for a long time. When she woke up she
sat up in her bed and looked around. It was early morning. It was very light
in the room now. She got up and with Toto in her arms ran to the door and
The little girl cried out with joy. 1
She saw a lot 2 of beautiful fruit-trees and wonderful bright
flowers. Beautiful birds sat in the trees and sang their songs. A little way
off 3 there was a little river.
"I am in a fairy-land," thought Dorothy. She looked
at the bright flowers and beautiful trees and laughed with joy.
Suddenly Dorothy saw some people a little way off.
There were three men and one woman coming to the house.
"What funny people," thought Dorothy. "They are so
small, but they look old,—not like children."
The woman was very old. Her face was yellow. Her
hair was white. She could not walk fast.
The funny people came up to the house and stopped.
For some time neither Dorothy nor the people spoke. Dorothy looked at them,
they looked at Dorothy.
"I think they are afraid of me," she thought. "Why?"
The little old woman came up to Dorothy and said:
"You are welcome, beautiful Fairy, to the Land of
Oz, to the Country of the Munchkins. 4 We thank you very,
"Why do you call me a fairy? Why do you thank me?"
"We thank you because you have killed
5 the Wicked Witch of the East," 6 answered the old woman.
"Our people were her slaves. Now they are free."
"I don't understand her," thought Dorothy. "Why
does she say I killed the Witch of the East? I didn't kill her. How could I
kill her? I am only a little girl. What can I say to this old woman?"
And she said: "You are very kind. But I think there
is a mistake. I am not a fairy, and I didn't kill the Witch of the East!"
"That's right," answered the little old woman. "You
didn't kill her. Your house did it." "How?" asked Dorothy. "Look," said the
little woman, "you can see the Witch's feet under your house!"
Dorothy looked and saw two feet in silver shoes.
The body was under the house.
She was frightened. "What shall I do?" she cried
out. "What shall I do? Now I understand what happened. The house fell on this
poor woman and killed her. I am so sorry, so sorry for her! 7
What shall we do now?"
"You must not be sorry for her!" said the little
"But who was she?" asked Dorothy.
"She was the Wicked Witch of the East," answered
the woman. "She made all the Munchkin people her slaves. They worked for her
day and night. Now they are free, because your house has fell on her and
"Who are you?" asked Dorothy. "And where am I?" "I
am the Witch of the North," said the little woman. "But I am a good witch and
a friend of the Munchkin people. You are in the Munchkin Country in the Land
of Oz." "So you are a witch too..." said Dorothy.
"Yes, I am," answered the little woman. "But I am a
good witch, I tell you."
"Are there any good witches?" asked Dorothy.
"Yes, there are," answered the little woman. "There
were four witches in the Land of Oz. Two of them are good witches, the Witch
of the South and the Witch of the North. I am the Witch of the North. Then
there were two wicked witches. They lived in the East and in the West. And now
there is only one wicked witch in the Land of Oz. She lives in the West. Your
house killed the Witch of the East and we are glad of that."
1 cried out with joy — вскрикнула
2 a lot — очень много
3 A little way off — Невдалеке
4 You are welcome, beautiful Fairy,
to the Land of Oz, to the Country of the Munchkins. — Добро пожаловать,
прекрасная фея, на землю Оз, в страну Жевунов (прозвище жителей, от глагола to
munch — жевать).
5 you have killed — убили
6 the Wicked Witch of the East —
Злая Восточная Колдунья
7 I am so sorry ... for her — Мне
так жаль ... ее
8 we are
glad of that — мы этому рады