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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
by Gregory Maguire
Events / Volume 4, Chapter 3, Part 4
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West Volume 4, Chapter 3, Part 4 Summary How It All Goes Down
The journey by broom is pretty long. Elphaba travels by night and sleeps during the day. She's surprised when she arrives at Colwen Grounds, her mother's birthplace and current home to Nessarose. The house is super fancy. Frex is shocked to see her and Elphaba is equally shocked at how happy she is to see him. He gives her a rundown of Nessa's political activities and how she led a rebellion in Munchkinland. But then Frex says he's worried about Nessa and wants Elphaba to stay and help her out. He's worried that Nessa isn't up for the task of running things: So I am to be a whipping girl, thought Elphaba, I am to be a first line of defense. Her pleasure evaporated. (126.96.36.199) Elphaba says she isn't responsible for Nessa, and she and Frex argue a little. Frex admits that Nessa's shoes worry him some, since they've made her so independent. Frex insists that Elphaba never needed the shoes, since she was always strong and cruel: "Oh, you were a fiendish little thing," said Frex, "but so what, children grow into and out of themselves." (188.8.131.52) On that note, Elphaba heads off to greet Nessa. Nessa is upset with her for abandoning her in Shiz, but she is happy to see her now. The two bicker some, then go for a walk.
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