Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
2. The Glass City
When Dorothy recovered her senses they were still falling, but not so fast. The top of the
buggy caught the air like a parachute or an umbrella filled with wind, and held them back
so that they floated downward with a gentle motion that was not so very disagreeable to
bear. The worst thing was their terror of reaching the bottom of this great crack in the
earth, and the natural fear that sudden death was about to overtake them at any moment.
Crash after crash echoed far above their heads, as the earth came together where it had
split, and stones and chunks of clay rattled around them on every side. These they could
not see, but they could feel them pelting the buggy top, and Jim screamed almost like a
human being when a stone overtook him and struck his boney body. They did not really
hurt the poor horse, because everything was falling together; only the stones and rubbish
fell faster than the horse and buggy, which were held back by the pressure of the air, so
that the terrified animal was actually more frightened than he was injured.
How long this state of things continued Dorothy could not even guess, she was so greatly
bewildered. But bye and bye, as she stared ahead into the black chasm with a beating
heart, she began to dimly see the form of the horse Jim--his head up in the air, his ears
erect and his long legs sprawling in every direction as he tumbled through space. Also,
turning her head, she found that she could see the boy beside her, who had until now
remained as still and silent as she herself.
Dorothy sighed and commenced to breathe easier. She began to realize that death was not
in store for her, after all, but that she had merely started upon another adventure, which
promised to be just as queer and unusual as were those she had before encountered.
With this thought in mind the girl took heart and leaned her head over the side of the
buggy to see where the strange light was coming from. Far below her she found six great
glowing balls suspended in the air. The central and largest one was white, and reminded
her of the sun. Around it were arranged, like the five points of a star, the other five
brilliant balls; one being rose colored, one violet, one yellow, one blue and one orange.
This splendid group of colored suns sent rays darting in every direction, and as the horse
and buggy--with Dorothy and Zeb--sank steadily downward and came nearer to the
lights, the rays began to take on all the delicate tintings of a rainbow, growing more and
more distinct every moment until all the space was brilliantly illuminated.
Dorothy was too dazed to say much, but she watched one of Jim's big ears turn to violet
and the other to rose, and wondered that his tail should be yellow and his body striped
with blue and orange like the stripes of a zebra. Then she looked at Zeb, whose face was
blue and whose hair was pink, and gave a little laugh that sounded a bit nervous.
"Isn't it funny?" she said.
The boy was startled and his eyes were big. Dorothy had a green streak through the
center of her face where the blue and yellow lights came together, and her appearance
seemed to add to his fright.
"I--I don't s-s-see any-thing funny--'bout it!" he stammered.