The Road Through the Forest

           WhenDorothyawokethesunwasshiningthroughthetreesandTotohadlongbeenoutchasingbirdsaroundhimandsquirrels.Shesatupandlookedaroundher.Scarecrow,stillstandingpatientlyinhiscorner,waitingforher. 

           "Wemustgoandsearchforwater,"shesaidtohim. 

           "Whydoyouwantwater?"heasked. 

           "Towashmyfacecleanafterthedustoftheroad,andtodrink,sothedrybreadwillnotstickinmythroat." 

           "Itmustbeinconvenienttobemadeofflesh,"saidtheScarecrowthoughtfully,"foryoumustsleep,andeatanddrink.However,youhavebrains,anditisworthalotofbothertobeabletothinkproperly." 

           Theyleftthecottageandwalkedthroughthetreesuntiltheyfoundalittlespringofclearwater,whereDorothydrankandbathedandateherbreakfast.Shesawtherewasnotmuchbreadleftinthebasket,andthegirlwasthankfultheScarecrowdidnothavetoeatanything,fortherewasscarcelyenoughforherselfandTotofortheday. 

           Whenshehadfinishedhermeal,andwasabouttogobacktotheroadofyellowbrick,shewasstartledtohearadeepgroannearby. 

           "Whatwasthat?"sheaskedtimidly. 

           "Icannotimagine,"repliedtheScarecrow;"butwecangoandsee." 

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