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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 #1

"But you try very hard at life, and so I will tell you this. I am the guardian of the book, and I was brought to this dreaded, forsaken land to watch over the book's history, to keep it from getting back to where it comes from." (5.8.18)

What's up with the crazy Grimmerie, and how and why did it come to Oz? We never really find out, and the dwarf is less than forthcoming on the topic.

Quote #2

"Please," she said. "I think I have never begged for anything before in my life. But I beg of you. It is not right that you should be here. Assuming for a moment you can sometimes tell the truth – go back to that other world, go anywhere, just leave the throne." (5.4.64)

Elphaba definitely has trouble embracing the idea of an other world, especially since she staunchly refuses to believe in the afterlife. (She should watch Fringe to help her get on board.) Here she only uses the idea of another world as a way to beg the Wizard to leave Oz.

Quote #3

"But I remember once when a tinker with a funny accent gave me a draft of some heady brew from a green glass bottle. And I had rare expansive dreams, Nanny, of the Other World – cities of glass and smoke – noise and color – I tried to remember." (1.4.90)

Melena's story about this mysterious stranger (the future Wizard) and her weird dreams is pretty creepy, especially since her daughter has very similar dreams years later when she too downs some Miracle Elixir.

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