The Road to Oz
13. The Truth Pond
They now made a more careful examination of the country around them. All was fresh
and beautiful after the sultriness of the desert, and the sunshine and sweet, crisp air were
delightful to the wanderers. Little mounds of yellowish green were away at the right,
while on the left waved a group of tall leafy trees bearing yellow blossoms that looked
like tassels and pompoms. Among the grasses carpeting the ground were pretty
buttercups and cowslips and marigolds. After looking at these a moment Dorothy said
"We must be in the Country of the Winkies, for the color of that country is yellow, and
you will notice that 'most everything here is yellow that has any color at all."
"But I thought this was the Land of Oz," replied the shaggy man, as if greatly
"So it is," she declared; "but there are four parts to the Land of Oz. The North Country is
purple, and it's the Country of the Gillikins. The East Country is blue, and that's the
Country of the Munchkins. Down at the South is the red Country of the Quadlings, and
here, in the West, the yellow Country of the Winkies. This is the part that is ruled by the
Tin Woodman, you know."
"Who's he?" asked Button-Bright.
"Why, he's the tin man I told you about. His name is Nick Chopper, and he has a lovely
heart given him by the wonderful Wizard."
"Where does HE live?" asked the boy.
"The Wizard? Oh, he lives in the Emerald City, which is just in the middle of Oz, where
the corners of the four countries meet."
"Oh," said Button-Bright, puzzled by this explanation.
"We must be some distance from the Emerald City," remarked the shaggy man.
"That's true," she replied; "so we'd better start on and see if we can find any of the
Winkies. They're nice people," she continued, as the little party began walking toward the
group of trees, "and I came here once with my friends the Scarecrow, and the Tin
Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion, to fight a wicked witch who had made all the
Winkies her slaves."
"Did you conquer her?" asked Polly.