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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 6
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West Volume 4, Chapter 3, Part 6 Summary How It All Goes Down
Frex and Elphaba have another discussion (borderline argument) about Nessa. Frex still wants Elphaba to stay and help Nessa, but Elphaba refuses to be beholden to Nessa for the rest of her life: "I won't be lectured to by my daughter." (18.104.22.168-4) "Well, I won't be lectured by you about my everlasting duties to Nessa." Elphaba notices that lots of Munchkinlanders are wearing little straw man pins. Frex explains that the straw man is a pagan symbol that has made a comeback because of the drought. They talk about Turtle Heart, and Elphaba learns that both Frex and Melena were in love with him and kind of shared him in a way. A bit kinky there. She finally parts from Frex frustrated, because, as Turtle Heart's likely daughter, Nessarose would always mean more to Frex than Elphaba. Elphaba then goes to see Nessa and tries to talk to her about Madame Morrible and the spell. Nessa brushes her off and tells her to stop being paranoid. Elphaba is clearly the Fox Mulder of this book: "She tried to seduce us into a secret service for an unknown master. I'm not inventing this, Nessie." (22.214.171.124-60) "She knew how to get to you, obviously, by appealing to your sense of conspiracy. I don't remember such alluring nonsense." Elphaba tries to talk to Nessa about the Animals, but Nessa changes the subject with a story about how she's learned some techniques to help her feel phantom limbs: "You know, if you slapped yourself around, spiritually speaking," said Nessarose, "you might develop a phantom soul, or something that felt like one." (126.96.36.199) Elphaba brushes Nessa off this time and tells her to step up and be a real leader in Munchkinland. The two part as frenemies: Nessa promises to pray for Elphie's soul and Elphaba promises to wait for those sparkly shoes.
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