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The Queen of the Field Mice

           Theypassedbyseveralofthesehousesduringtheafternoon,andsometimespeoplecametothedoorsandlookedatthemasiftheywouldliketoaskquestions; butnoonecamenearthemnorspoketothembecauseofthegreatLion,ofwhichtheywereverymuchafraid. Thepeoplewerealldressedinclothingofalovelyemerald-greencolorandworepeakedhatslikethoseoftheMunchkins. 

           "ThismustbetheLandofOz,"saidDorothy,"andwearesurelygettingneartheEmeraldCity." 

           "Yes,"answeredtheScarecrow. "Everythingisgreenhere,whileinthecountryoftheMunchkinsbluewasthefavoritecolor. ButthepeopledonotseemtobeasfriendlyastheMunchkins,andI’mafraidweshallbeunabletofindaplacetopassthenight." 

           "Ishouldlikesomethingtoeatbesidesfruit,"saidthegirl,"andI’msureTotoisnearlystarved. Letusstopatthenexthouseandtalktothepeople." 

           So,whentheycametoagood-sizedfarmhouse,Dorothywalkedboldlyuptothedoorandknocked. 

           Awomanopeneditjustfarenoughtolookout,andsaid, "Whatdoyouwant,child,andwhyisthatgreatLionwithyou?" 

           "Wewishtopassthenightwithyou,ifyouwillallowus,"answeredDorothy; "andtheLionismyfriendandcomrade,andwouldnothurtyoufortheworld." 

           "Ishetame?"askedthewoman,openingthedooralittlewider. 

           "Oh,yes,"saidthegirl,"andheisagreatcoward,too.Hewillbemoreafraidofyouthanyouareofhim." 

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