Study Guide

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West Volume 5, Part 16

By Gregory Maguire

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Volume 5, Part 16

  • The monkeys successfully bring back Dorothy and the Lion.
  • Nanny and Liir welcome them to Kiamo Ko, the worlds freakiest hotel.
  • Dorothy is very polite and asks to see the Wicked Witch of the West.
  • The Witch appears and confronts her for the first time about Nessa's death.
  • Dorothy profusely apologizes and shares her own grief at losing her parents in a boating accident.
  • The Witch thinks, "What a most peculiar murderer she is turning out to be" (5.16.37).
  • Everyone goes down to dinner.
  • This might be the most awkward dinner party of all time.
  • Liir and Dorothy chat, Chistery babbles, Elphaba fumes and makes nasty remarks, and Nanny asks "what?" a lot and starts singing Happy Birthday to cheer Dorothy up. Wow.
  • The Witch finally loses her patience and tries to haul Dorothy off for a private conference.
  • The others protest this and a big scuffle ensues.
  • The Witch finally has the Lion and Toto locked in the kitchen and leaves Liir to guard them.
  • Dorothy comes upstairs with her to talk.

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