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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West Volume 2, Chapter 2, Part 4

By Gregory Maguire

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Volume 2, Chapter 2, Part 4

  • Boq, Crope, and Tibbett all end up helping Elphaba with her work over the summer.
  • The group often meet at a cafĂ© and discuss Dillamond's work and their own findings and beliefs.
  • Dillamond is making scientific breakthroughs and has invented something that sounds like a microscope.
  • The group has all been researching origin myths that involve Animals in order to see how people have thought about the issue over time.
  • Tibbett researched one involving the Fairy Queen Lurline: Lurline drank lots of water and then peed all over the world and the Animals who swam in her urine became intelligent. That's certainly a wacky take on the "flood" myth:

    "Baptism by piss," said Elphaba. "Is that a subtle way both to explain the talents of Animals and to denigrate them at the same time?

  • "And what of the animals who drowned?" asked Boq. "They must have been the real losers."
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  • Boq studied a Unionist myth that said the Unnamed God cried over the doomed land of Oz, and the animals who swallowed his tears became Animals.
  • Elphaba studied a myth that said a Kumbric Witch put a powerful spell on animals to make them Animals, and that the spell hasn't worn off. Elphaba is worried about this, since a spell implies that the Animals condition is reversible.
  • Aslan made all the animals talk in Narnia; they should probably look into that one.
  • Madame Morrible's robot Grommetik comes in. Elphaba is nervous around it and quickly leaves.

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