DOROTHY AT THE WITCH'S PALACE
When the monkeys brought Dorothy to
the Wicked Witch of the West she looked down at Dorothy's feet. She was
frightened. She saw the silver shoes and she knew that those silver shoes had
great magic. Then the Witch looked into the little girl's eyes. They were
clear and kind. So the Witch understood that Dorothy did not know that the
shoes had magic and could help her.
So the Witch thought: "I can make her
my slave; she doesn't know that the silver shoes have magic. She doesn't know
that they can help her!" Then she said to Dorothy:
"Come with me! I shall give you some
work to do. You must work very well or I shall make an end of you.
1 I have made an end of the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman."
The Witch took the little girl to the
kitchen. She ordered her to clean the kitchen, to wash the floor and the
windows. Dorothy did not say a word. She began to work. She was afraid of the
Many days passed. Poor Dorothy worked
hard from morning till night. Every night, when the Witch was asleep, she went
to the yard and gave the Lion some food. She took it from the cupboard in the
kitchen. The Witch gave the Lion no food because he did not want to work for
her. The Lion was very hungry all the time.
Dorothy often cried. When she cried
Toto sat at her feet and looked into her face. Neither Dorothy nor Toto could
forget their friends, the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow. Where were they now?
Dorothy and -Toto were very sorry for them. "Shall we ever see them again,
Toto?" said Dorothy. The Wicked Witch wanted very much to get the silver shoes
which were on Dorothy's feet. But the little girl took them off only at night
or when she took a bath. 2 The Witch
did not go to Dorothy's room at
night because she was afraid of the dark. And she did not come near when
Dorothy took a bath because she was afraid of water. But Dorothy did not know
Dorothy ran against a bucket of water 3 in the kitchen. She
fell down. In her fall one of the silver shoes came off. The Witch took it at
once and quickly put it on her foot. The little girl was very angry. She cried
to the Witch:
"Give me back my shoe!"
"No, I shall not give it to you. It is
not your shoe, it is my shoe now!"
"You are a wicked old woman," cried
Dorothy. "You must not take my shoe from me."
"Some day I shall have the other shoe
too," said the Witch.
Dorothy was very angry now. She picked
up the bucket of water and threw the water at the Witch.
At once the wicked woman gave a loud
cry. She was frightened. Then suddenly she became smaller. Dorothy looked at
her in surprise.
"What are you doing?" cried the Witch.
"Don't you see I am melting!"
"I am very sorry," said Dorothy.
She was frightened too. The Witch
melted and melted like sugar.
"The water! It will make an end of me.
You knew it very well," cried the Witch.
"No, I didn't," answered Dorothy. "How
could I know it?"
"Look out! Here I go!"
5 cried the
With these words she fell to the floor
and became a brown dirty mass. Dorothy took another bucket of water and threw
it at the mass. Then she saw her silver shoe. She took it quickly and put it
on her foot again. Then she ran out into the yard and told the Lion about the
end of the Wicked Witch of the West.
1 or I shall make an
end of you — иначе я разделаюсь с тобой
2 when she took a bath
— когда она мылась
3 ran against a bucket
of water — споткнулась о ведро в водой
4 Don't you see I am melting! —
Разве ты не видишь, я таю
5 Look out! Here I go!— Осторожней! Я умираю!