We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
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 5, Part 3 Summary

How It All Goes Down

  • The Munchkinlanders are pretty happy about Nessa's death. They're calling her a dictator.
  • Shell has disappeared again on political business, and Frex is crushed by the loss of his daughter.
  • Elphaba shows her father a page from the Grimmerie in the hopes that he can read it, but he says it's in a foreign language.
  • Elphaba can read it sometimes, but sometimes she can't.
  • Frex then tells Elphaba that she was born to curse him.
  • Then Glinda arrives. Time for an epic reunion.
  • The two old friends are happy to see each other but instantly start sniping.
  • Elphaba laughs at Glinda's poufy dress (movie shout-out!) and Glinda notes that Elphaba hasn't changed at all, which might be a backhanded compliment.
  • Glinda then tells her story – she was in Munchkinland during the tornado, so she headed over to see about Dorothy.
  • Glinda decided to get her out of there quickly, since the Munchkinlanders were restless after Nessa's death. In fact, a civil war is brewing now.
  • The Witch is suspicious of Dorothy, but Glinda tells her to leave the kid alone.
  • Elphaba then randomly asks Glinda if she ever had an affair with Fiyero, since Sarima suspected it.
  • Glinda thinks the idea is beyond dumb and says so.
  • She reveals some of her old snotty attitude though:

    And the Witch realized, sinkingly, that this was of course true; the ugly skill at snobbery had returned to Glinda in her middle years. (5.3.62)

  • Elphaba tries to talk to Glinda about Madame Morrible's spell, but, like Nessa, Glinda thinks this is stupid.
  • Elphaba confesses, "I have always felt like a pawn" (5.3.78).
  • Glinda says Elphaba is no pawn, she's being paranoid.
  • Glinda sent Dorothy to the Emerald City for help, which Elphaba said was cruel.
  • But Glinda says she gave Dorothy Nessa's shoes for protection.
  • Elphaba freaks out at this.
  • The two old friends get into a big argument. Elphaba carries on about how she's trying to keep the shoes away from the Wizard.
  • But Glinda finally calls her out on her real motive: "They won't make your father love you any better" (5.3.100).
  • The two friends part without resolving their argument.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...