DOROTHY MEETS THE SCARECROW
Dorothy put on the silver shoes of the Wicked Witch
of the East and called Toto. "Come along, Toto," she said, "we shall go to the
Emerald City and ask the Great Wizard to send us back to Kansas."
She went into the little house, took some bread
from the cupboard and put it in the little basket.
So Dorothy and Toto began to walk along the yellow
brick road. The day was fine. The sky was blue. The birds sang in the trees.
Dorothy was happy because she hoped to see her aunt and uncle very soon. '
Evening came. Dorothy was tired from her long walk.
She decided to have a rest. So she sat down on the green grass by the road.
Not far away in the middle of the field she saw a scarecrow.
The Scarecrow looked very funny. There was straw in
its body and straw in its head. Its face was a piece of an old shirt. The nose,
the mouth and eyes were painted 1 on the shirt. It had a hat
on its head and a pair of old shoes on its feet.
Dorothy went up to the Scarecrow and stopped. - "Good
day," said the Scarecrow in a very friendly way. 2
"Oh, can you speak?" asked the little girl in
"Yes," was the answer, "I can! How do you do?"
do you do," Dorothy answered. "I hope you are well?" 3
"No," answered the Scarecrow, "I am not very well.
I don't like to stay here day and night. But I must keep the birds away."
"Can't you get down?" asked Dorothy.
"I think I can with your help," said the Scarecrow.
"Please give me your hand!"
Dorothy gave him her hand and helped the Scarecrow
to get down.
"Thank you very much," said the Scarecrow. "I am a
new man now. Who are you, little girl? And where are you going?"
"My name is Dorothy," said the little girl. "I am
going to the Emerald City. I want to ask the Great Wizard to send me back to
"Where is the Emerald City?" asked the Scarecrow, "and
who is the Great Wizard?"
Don't you know the Great Wizard?"
5 Dorothy asked him in surprise. "All the people in the
country know him."
"And I don't!" cried the Scarecrow. "You see, the
farmers who made me with straw made a mistake. They didn't put brains into my
head. I have no brains and people always call me a fool."
"Oh," said Dorothy, "I am very sorry for you!"
"I want to go with you to the Emerald City," said
the Scarecrow, "I shall ask the Wizard to give me some brains. Do you think
he-can do it?"
"I don't know," said Dorothy. "But you may come
with me if you like."
"Yes, I "shall come with you," said the Scarecrow.
"You see, I don't like it when people call me a fool because I have no brains.
I have only straw in my head."
"I understand you very well," said the. little girl.
She was very sorry for the Scarecrow. "Come with me. We shall ask the Great
Wizard to give you some brains."
"Thank you," said the Scarecrow, "thank you very
And they walked back to the yellow brick road.
When Toto saw their new comrade, he did not like
him. And he showed it. He began to bark.
"Don't be afraid of Toto," said Dorothy. "He never
"Oh, I am not afraid of him," said the Scarecrow. "He
can't bite the straw. I am afraid of only one thing."
"What are you afraid of?" asked the little girl. "The
farmer who made you?"
"No, I am afraid only of a lighted match,"
6 answered the Scarecrow.
1 were painted — были нарисованы (краской)
2 in a very friendly way — вполне
3 I hope you are well? — Надеюсь,
что вы себя хорошо чувствуете?
4 I must keep the
birds away — я должен отпугивать птиц
Why! Don't you know the Great Wizard? — Как! Разве
ты не знаешь Великого Волшебника?
6 a lighted match — зажженная