Study Guide

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Chapter 18

By L. Frank Baum

Chapter 18

Away to the South

  • Dorothy is crying bitter tears about the whole balloon thing. She feels like that was her last ticket to Kansas.
  • Then again, on reflection, she thinks that maybe the balloon wasn't such a great plan.
  • The Tin Woodman is crying for Oz like he's dead. He asks Dorothy to wipe his tears so he doesn't rust.
  • The Scarecrow is in charge now. People like him fine, but they miss the wizard.
  • The gang is having a meeting in the throne room to plan their next steps. Everyone's in a great mood except for Dorothy, who's still fixated on getting back to Kansas.
  • The Scarecrow has a long think. Finally he suggests that Dorothy should call the Winged Monkeys and ask them to fly her home.
  • Dorothy calls them and the Monkey King is like, sorry, no can do. Now Dorothy's even more bummed because she's wasted a wish.
  • The gang calls a soldier in for a consultation. The soldier suggests that Dorothy should seek out Glinda, the Good Witch of the South. She has a great reputation for helping people.
  • The soldier gives them directions to head south. He warns Dorothy she may encounter some dangerous creatures along the way.
  • The Lion says he's going to travel with Dorothy so he can protect her. The Woodman says he's going, too. So does the Scarecrow. It's road trip: the sequel!
  • Dorothy declares that they'll leave in the morning. The group disbands to get ready.