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 5, Part 18 Summary
How It All Goes Down
- It's nighttime across Oz and we get a series of things happening as the Witch dies.
- In Quadling Country, a Crocodile kills a baby and is then killed in turn.
- In Gillikin, Grommetik is leading the machines in a Marxist-sounding revolt.
- Glinda is up that night; she doesn't know why she can't sleep.
- Frex is asleep and dreaming of Melena and Turtle Heart.
- Shell comes in to check on his dad.
- The Wizard is waiting for the end; he knows Dorothy is the sign that his time in Oz is over and he's preparing to head back to his own world:
A suicide was waiting for him back in his own world. (5.18.7)
- Afterward, the death of the Wicked Witch of the West was widely celebrated.
- Dorothy brought the Miracle Elixir bottle to the Wizard and he freaked out and disappeared from Oz.
- There are conflicting reports about what happened to Dorothy.
- Liir disappeared for years to hunt for his sister Nor.
- Nessa's shoes also disappeared, but they spawned a huge fashion craze in Oz, with all the ladies wearing sparkly shoes.
- And Elphaba?:
She was dead, dead and gone, and all that was left of her was the carapace of her reputation for malice. (5.18.15)
- We're so bummed out that we're going to go listen to the musical soundtrack to cheer ourselves up.
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