DOROTHY WANTS TO GO BACK HOME
"If you are a good witch," cried Dorothy, "please
help me to go back to my aunt and uncle. I think they are terribly frightened,
they don't know where I am. Please help me to go back to Kansas prairie."
The little men and the old woman looked at Dorothy
and did not speak for some time.
"We don't know where Kansas is," said one of them.
"We cannot help you to go back to your prairie."
"That's true, my dear," said the good witch. "We
don't know where your prairie is and we can't help you. You must stay with us."
At these words 1 Dorothy began to
cry. She could not be happy in that beautiful country when her aunt and uncle
were so far away. She loved them very much. The little people looked at her
and began to cry too. Then the little old woman said:
"What is your name, dear child?"
"My name is Dorothy," said the girl.
"Listen to me, Dorothy," said the. little woman. "Only
Oz, the great Wizard of the Land of Oz, 2 can help you. You
must find him and ask him to help you. He lives in the Emerald City."
"Where is that city?" asked Dorothy. "It's in the
middle of the Land of Oz. And the Wizard is the ruler of the Emerald City,"
said the little old woman. "Is he a good man?" asked Dorothy. "I don't know,"
said the little old woman. "I only know that he is a good Wizard."
"How can I get to the Emerald City?" asked Dorothy.
"Can you tell me the way there?"
"You must walk all the way there," said the old
woman. "It is a long way. And it is full of dangers." 3
"I am afraid," said the little girl. "Can you go
with me? 4 You are my friends, aren't you?"
"Yes, we are your friends," said the Good Witch, "but
we cannot go with you. I am sorry to say. But take these shoes, my dear!" The
little woman took off the silver shoes of the Wicked Witch of the East and
gave them to Dorothy. "There is some magic in these shoes. I don't know what
magic, but I hope it will help you."
Dorothy took the shoes of the Wicked
Witch of the East and put them on.
"Now I must leave you," said the kind little woman.
"I hope you will find the Emerald City and the Wizard of the Land of Oz. The
road to the Emerald City is made of yellow brick. 5 You must
walk along that road. And don't be afraid of the Wizard. Tell him your story
and he will help you to go back to your aunt and uncle. Good-bye, my dead"
The Witch turned around on her left foot three
times 6 and disappeared. The three old Munchkins said
good-bye to Dorothy and walked away.
1 At these words — При этих словах
2 Only Oz, the Great Wizard of the
Land of Oz — Только Оз, Великий Волшебник страны Оз
3 It is a long way. And it is full
of dangers. — Путь туда далек. И он полон опасностей.
4 Can you go with me?— Не пойдете
ли Вы со мной?
5 The road ... is made of yellow
brick.— Дорога ... вымощена желтым кирпичом.
6 turned around on her left foot
three times — повернулась на левой ноге три раза