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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

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West Volume 4, Chapter 2, Part 5 Summary

How It All Goes Down

  • One winter day Elphaba finds a weird old book that's all purple, green, and silver.
  • She thinks it's a "Grimmerie," which is apparently a book of magic spells.
  • But Elphaba has trouble reading it, since the words keep moving around the page. At least the "magical" part of the book's description wasn't false advertising.
  • Sarima then tells the story of how she came to own this book.
  • One day a weird old guy stopped by her castle (this sounds like the beginning of a fairy tale).
  • Weird old guy made a sales pitch for the Grimmerie:

    "He said that it was a book of knowledge, and that it belonged in another world, but it wasn't safe there. So he had brought it here – where it could be hidden out of harm's way." (

  • So Sarima said fine and agreed to keep the book. She didn't read, so the book ended up in a closet.
  • Elphaba thinks the "other world" story is garbage.
  • Sarima believed the old guy though. She says Elphie can look at the book all she wants.

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