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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 5, Part 7 Summary

How It All Goes Down

  • Elphaba wanders off, furious that she missed her chance to kill Morrible.
  • She has a burning desire to tell someone what she has done:

    The Witch began to fret that she would be denied the credit for her deed. (5.7.3)

  • It seems she plans to take credit for killing Morrible after all.
  • So she heads to Avaric's house to tell him that she's now a murderer.
  • Yeah, she's kind of losing it.
  • Avaric doesn't know who she is at first, but then his memory is jogged.
  • He's still ridiculously good-looking and is now fabulously wealthy too.
  • Earlier that day Avaric saw the dwarf from the Philosophy Club and he swears Elphaba was there with them.
  • Elphaba makes her dramatic announcement:

    "I came by to tell you that I killed Madame Morrible today," said the Witch. She was so proud of the phrase; it seemed less false when said aloud. Maybe it was true." (5.7.27)

  • Avaric has also developed a very dry sense of humor, and finds the idea of Elphaba coming to his house to declare herself a murderer more amusing than anything else.
  • So he invites her to stay for dinner.
  • The dinner guests are all very educated and wealthy and avant-garde.
  • They have a big discussion about what evil is.
  • Elphaba finally says she's leaving. The guests all applaud her as if her murder confession was dinner theater:

    "The real thing about evil," said the Witch at the doorway, "isn't any of what you said. You figure out one side of it – the human side, say – and the eternal side goes into shadow. Or vice versa." (5.7.87)

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