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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West


by Gregory Maguire

Versions of Reality Quotes in Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Volume.Chapter.Paragraph) and (Volume.Chapter.Section.Paragraph)

Quote #7

"What a load of tripe," said Elphaba. "If it came from another world I shouldn't be able to read any of it. And I can make out a little."

"Even if it's as magic as he says?" said Sarima. "But you know, I believed him. He said that there's more congress between worlds than anyone would credit, that our world has attributes of his, and his of ours, a kind of leakage effect, an infection maybe." (

Ah, the irony. This is a major clue that Elphaba is partly from another world. Sarima gives us even more of a hint when she says the old guy believed there was a sort of "leakage" effect going on. This really is turning into Fringe!

Quote #8

Turtle Heart tumbled to his knees. "She sees him coming," he said thickly, " she sees him to come; he is to come from the air, is arriving. A balloon from the sky, the color of a bubble of blood; a huge crimson globe, a ruby globe; he falls from the sky. The Regent is fallen. The House of Ozma is fallen. The Clock was right. A minute to judgment." (1.8.127)

This scene is seriously creepy. Turtle Heart very notably changes his speaking style here. He usually uses infinitive verbs when he speaks ("to see," to fall," etc.). Here he uses mostly the present tense, though, as if all these future events are happening right this second.

Quote #9

"There is an otherworld," he said with certainty.

She felt chilled. She scooped Elphaba up and hugged her tightly. (1.5.33-4)

This is a great detail about how Melena is scared of an "otherworld," given the freaky Miracle Elixir dreams she's had.

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