Chapter Fourteen

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Chapter Fourteen

AGAIN KIKI AND THE NOME

Dorothy ran away and was soon back 1 with a cup. She put the cup near the fountain. The Wizard put the small nut near the fountain too. He said: "That little nut must take its real form. And I want it to become thirsty! Pyrzqxgl."

An once the nut changed into Kiki Aru, the boy from the Munchkin Country.

The boy looked around in great surprise. He could not understand where he was. And he was terribly thirsty. He was very glad when he saw the cup and the fountain. He took up the cup and ran to the fountain. And he drank and drank, one cup after another. He forgot his name and the name of the country he lived in. He looked around and saw Ozma, the Wizard and Dorothy. He did not remember either their names or who they were. 2 But he found Ozma very beautiful. And he liked the little girl and the old man. So he smiled to them. For the first time in his life Kiki smiled a kind and happy smile.

Dorothy liked his smile. "Come and sit here beside me," she said to the boy. The boy obeyed her. He ran to her and sat down on the bench beside her.

"I thought you were a wicked magician, and you are only a boy," she said.

"What is a magician and what is a boy?" he asked.

"Don't you know?" asked Dorothy. "No, I don't," he answered.

"He is not wicked now," said Ozma. "He is a very nice boy. He will live with us and we shall teach him to be kind and to love people. It is very good that he has forgotten his past. And now," she said to the Wizard, "please change the big nut. We want to see the boy's comrade."

The Wizard put the big nut on the ground near the fountain and said: "I want this big nut to take its real form and become very thirsty: Pyrzqxgl."

In a moment the Nome stood before our friends.

He was terribly thirsty and looked only at the water in the fountain. He was going to drink and took up the cup. At that moment Dorothy cried out:

"Why, 3 it's the old Nome King!"

The old man looked at them and cried out very angrily:

"Yes, I am the Nome King. I am going to conquer the Land of Oz. And I shall punish all the people in the countries of the Land of Oz. You kicked me out of my country. Now I shall fight you and I shall kick you out of the Land of Oz."

His long white hair rose up in the air. His eyes were terrible. Ozma and her friends looked at their enemy in great surprise and could not say a word.

The Nome laughed his wicked laugh. 4 He drank the water from the cup. Then he threw the cup on the ground and said angrily: "And now ... and now ... and ..."

He touched his head with his hand and thought for sometime.

"I have forgotten what I told you about. What was it?" he asked with a smile.

"Can't you remember it?" 5 asked the Wizard.

"No, I can't," said the Nome. "I have forgotten..."

"Who are you?" asked Dorothy.

The Nome tried to remember. He thought for some time.

Then he said: "I ... don't know ... who I am, I can't remember."

"And don't you know who we are?" asked Dorothy.

"No, I don't," said the Nome.

"Do you know this boy?" asked Ozma.

The old man looked at Kiki for a long time. Then he said:

"No, I don't. I don't know either him or you."

"What shall we do with him?" asked the Wizard.

"He has forgotten his past, and he will not do any harm now," said Ozma. "We must not send him away from the Land of Oz, because then he will become wicked again. We must find a place and some work for him in the Land of Oz. Here he will see only good and kind people. So he will become as good and kind as they are." 6

So Kiki Aru and the Nome found a new home in the Emerald City, the capital of the Land of Oz. Ozma, Dorothy and the Wizard taught the boy and the old man to be kind and to love people. Soon Kiki and the Nome became as good and kind as all the people in the Land of Oz.

 

 

1 and was soon back — и скоро вернулась

2 He did not remember either their names or who they were.— Он не помнил ни их имен, ни того, кем они были.

3 Why — О (восклицание)

4 The Nome laughed his wicked laugh. — Ном засмеялся своим злым смехом.

5 Can't you remember it? — Неужели ты не можешь вспомнить?

6 as good and kind as they are — таким же хорошим и добрым, как все они

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