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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
by Gregory Maguire
Events / Volume 2, Chapter 2, Part 5
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West Volume 2, Chapter 2, Part 5 Summary How It All Goes Down
Avaric is back in town. Elphaba gets a letter from Galinda inviting her to come visit them (Galinda and her friends) at their summer lake house. Boq insists that Elphaba go, and she finally agrees, reluctantly. Since Elphaba can't travel without a chaperone, Boq says he and Avaric will escort her. But Morrible won't let Elphaba travel alone with two boys either, so Grommetik accompanies them. Elphaba and Avaric don't like each other and bicker a lot. Avaric implies that Elphaba is an elf, and Elphaba says he can find out by breaking her arm (elves apparently have brittle bones): "I certainly will not touch you," said Avaric, managing to say many things at once. "The elf in the self regrets," said Elphaba. (22.214.171.124-37) The group arrives at Neverdale, the lake region, and go to the house. Everyone there is shocked to see them. Galinda is horrified. She says she didn't write any letter and would never invite Elphaba anywhere. We're beginning to see why the future Wicked Witch of the West isn't Glinda's biggest fan. Galinda's friend Pfannee admits to writing it as a joke. Elphaba is angry and humiliated and insists on staying at the lake out of spite now. Boq corners Galinda and they discuss Elphaba. Galinda says her friends don't like Elphaba and Boq says Galinda is being mean to her. They talk some more and Boq finally kisses Galinda. The next day Boq, Galinda, Grommetik, and Elphaba head back to Shiz. Avaric stays with Galinda's friends.
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