THE WIZARD WANTS TO HELP DOROTHY
Three days passed and Dorothy did not
see Oz. And she did not know what to do. Her friends were very happy. The
Scarecrow talked about the wonderful ideas in his head. The Tin Woodman walked
round with his hand on his new heart. And the Lion said that he was very brave
But Dorothy was unhappy because she
wanted to get home so much.
On the fourth day Oz sent for her. She
ran to the Throne Room at once.
"Sit down, my dear," said Oz. "I think
I know how to take you back home to Kansas."
"How?" asked Dorothy.
"Well, let me tell you what I think,"
said the little man. "You see,
1 when I came to this
country, I came in a balloon. You came here through the air too. So I think
the best way to get back to Kansas is through the air.
2 I can't make
a cyclone. But I think I can make a balloon."
"How?" asked Dorothy.
"I shall make it out of silk," said
the Wizard. "And then we must have hot air. Hot air is not so good as gas. But
there is no gas in all the country. Hot air becomes cold very quickly, and
then the balloon falls. But we have to try hot air."
"We?" cried the girl, "do you want to
go with me?"
"Yes," answered Oz. "I am not going to
stay here. I don't like to fool the good people of this country. I am afraid
to go out of my rooms. I am afraid that some day they will know all about me.
I must go away from this country, so I shall go with you to Kansas. I can work
for a circus again."
"I am very glad to hear that you are
going with me," said Dorothy. "I shall be very happy to have you with me."
"Thank you," he answered. "And now let
us begin to work. You must help me to make the balloon."
They began to make a balloon out of
They worked and worked and in three
days the balloon was ready.
The green soldier brought a big
basket, and the old man tied it to the balloon.
When all was ready, the green soldier
said to the people:
"The Great Oz is going to see his
who lives in the air. He will say good-bye to you."
The Tin Woodman made a big fire in
front of the palace. Oz held the balloon over the fire. Soon the balloon was
full of hot air. The Wizard got into the basket and said to the people:
"I am now going away to visit my
brother who lives in the sky. In my absence 4
the Scarecrow will rule the Emerald City. He is very clever now, so you must
do what he tells you to do. I know he will be a very good ruler, so you must
obey him and like him."
he said to Dorothy: "Come, Dorothy! Quick, quick! Or the balloon will rise!"
"I can't find Toto," cried the little
girl. "I don't want to leave him here!"
At last she found her dear friend
Toto. She took him in her arms and ran to the balloon. Oz put his hand to help
her to get into the basket, but at that moment the balloon suddenly rose into
the air. 5
Poor Dorothy cried: "Come back, I want to go too."
"I can't come back, my dear," cried Oz
from the basket. "Good-bye!"
"Good-bye!" cried the good people of
the Emerald City. "Good-bye, Oz, good-bye! You were our good friend. You have
built this beautiful Emerald City for us. We shall always remember you!"
Oz never came back, but the people
always remembered him and loved him. They said: "Oz was always our friend.
When he was here he built this wonderful Emerald City for us, and we were
always happy with him!"
1 You see — Видите ли
2 the best way to get
back to Kansas is through the air — лучше всего вернуться в Канзас по воздуху
is going to see his brother-wizard — отправляется навестить своего
4 In my absence — Во
время моего отсутствия
5 the balloon suddenly
rose into the air — воздушный шар внезапно взлетел в воздух