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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
by Gregory Maguire
Events / Volume 4, Chapter 1, Part 2
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West Volume 4, Chapter 1, Part 2 Summary How It All Goes Down
The group of travelers journey through a dark and claustrophobic forest with their new rafiqi guide, who will take the group up into the mountains. A rafiqi sounds like the Oz equivalent of a Sherpa. The cook disappears one night and Killjoy takes the loss of his owner with equanimity (calmly). He just becomes Liir's BFF instead. This is turning into a slasher film, with the cook disappearing and all. Finally they get out of the forest, without anyone else disappearing or dying. Now the group travels through the Thousand Year Grassland, which we hope is a case of exaggeration, otherwise this book is going get crazy long. The travelers meet a tribe of people known as the Yunamata. They remind Elphie a little of the Quadlings. Travelers start accusing the bees of killing the cook and blame Elphie for his disappearance. Elphie cuttingly says, "Oh, I forgot the size of the human imagination" (188.8.131.52). But really, Elphie doesn't care about the cook's fate at all. Now the group enters the territory of the Scrow, and most are afraid of them. Liir idolizes the rafiqi guide, and Elphie thinks about how ridiculous he is. She mostly ignores him: Elphie thought: Such silly things, children – and so embarrassing – because they keep changing themselves out of shame, out of a need to be loved or something. (184.108.40.206) Elphie likes the grasslands and wants to drown in them. She's becoming an emo poet.
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