The Guardian of the Gate

           Evenwitheyesprotectedbythegreenspectacles,DorothyandherfriendswereatfirstdazzledbythebrilliancyofthewonderfulCity. Thestreetswerelinedwithbeautifulhousesallbuiltofgreenmarbleandstuddedeverywherewithsparklingemeralds. Theywalkedoverapavementofthesamegreenmarble,andwheretheblockswerejoinedtogetherwererowsofemeralds,setclosely,andglitteringinthebrightnessofthesun. Thewindowpaneswereofgreenglass; eventheskyabovetheCityhadagreentint,andtheraysofthesunweregreen. 

           Thereweremanypeoplemen,women,andchildrenwalkingabout,andthesewerealldressedingreenclothesandhadgreenishskins. TheylookedatDorothyandherstrangelyassortedcompanywithwonderingeyes, andthechildrenallranawayandhidbehindtheirmotherswhentheysawtheLion;butnoonespoketothem. Manyshopsstoodinthestreet,andDorothysawthateverythinginthemwasgreen. Greencandyandgreenpopcornwereofferedforsale,aswellasgreenshoes,greenhats,andgreenclothesofallsorts. Atoneplaceamanwassellinggreenlemonade,andwhenthechildrenboughtitDorothycouldseethattheypaidforitwithgreenpennies. 

           Thereseemedtobenohorsesnoranimalsofanykind; themencarriedthingsaroundinlittlegreencarts,whichtheypushedbeforethem. Everyoneseemedhappyandcontentedandprosperous. 

           TheGuardianoftheGatesledthemthroughthestreetsuntiltheycametoabigbuilding,exactlyinthemiddleoftheCity,whichwasthePalaceofOz,theGreatWizard. Therewasasoldierbeforethedoor,dressedinagreenuniformandwearingalonggreenbeard. 

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