Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
5. Dorothy Picks the Princess
The words of the cold and moist vegetable Prince were not very comforting, and as he
spoke them he turned away and left the enclosure. The children, feeling sad and
despondent, were about to follow him when the Wizard touched Dorothy softly on her
"Wait!" he whispered.
"What for?" asked the girl.
"Suppose we pick the Royal Princess," said the Wizard. "I'm quite sure she's ripe, and as
soon as she comes to life she will be the Ruler, and may treat us better than that heartless
Prince intends to."
"All right!" exclaimed Dorothy, eagerly. "Let's pick her while we have the chance, before
the man with the star comes back."
So together they leaned over the great bush and each of them seized one hand of the
"Pull!" cried Dorothy, and as they did so the royal lady leaned toward them and the stems
snapped and separated from her feet. She was not at all heavy, so the Wizard and Dorothy
managed to lift her gently to the ground.
The beautiful creature passed her hands over her eyes an instant, tucked in a stray lock of
hair that had become disarranged, and after a look around the garden made those present
a gracious bow and said, in a sweet but even toned voice:
"I thank you very much."
"We salute your Royal Highness!" cried the Wizard, kneeling and kissing her hand.
Just then the voice of the Prince was heard calling upon them to hasten, and a moment
later he returned to the enclosure, followed by a number of his people.
Instantly the Princess turned and faced him, and when he saw that she was picked the
Prince stood still and began to tremble.
"Sir," said the Royal Lady, with much dignity, "you have wronged me greatly, and would
have wronged me still more had not these strangers come to my rescue. I have been ready
for picking all the past week, but because you were selfish and desired to continue your
unlawful rule, you left me to stand silent upon my bush."
"I did not know that you were ripe," answered the Prince, in a low voice.
"Give me the Star of Royalty!" she commanded.