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The Road to Oz

18. The Emerald City
The others now came up, and the Tin Woodman greeted the Lion and the Tiger cordially.
Button-Bright yelled with fear when Dorothy first took his hand and led him toward the
great beasts; but the girl insisted they were kind and good, and so the boy mustered up
courage enough to pat their heads; after they had spoken to him gently and he had looked
into their intelligent eyes his fear vanished entirely and he was so delighted with the
animals that he wanted to keep close to them and stroke their soft fur every minute.
As for the shaggy man, he might have been afraid if he had met the beasts alone, or in
any other country, but so many were the marvels in; the Land of Oz that he was no longer
easily surprised, and Dorothy's friendship for the Lion and Tiger was enough to assure
him they were safe companions. Toto barked at the Cowardly Lion in joyous greeting, for
he knew the beast of old and loved him, and it was funny to see how gently the Lion
raised his huge paw to pat Toto's head. The little dog smelled of the Tiger's nose, and the
Tiger politely shook paws with him; so they were quite likely to become firm friends.
Tik-tok and Billina knew the beasts well, so merely bade them good day and asked after
their healths and inquired about the Princess Ozma.
Now it was seen that the Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger were drawing behind them
a splendid golden chariot, to which they were harnessed by golden cords. The body of the
chariot was decorated on the outside with designs in clusters of sparkling emeralds, while
inside it was lined with a green and gold satin, and the cushions of the seats were of green
plush embroidered in gold with a crown, underneath which was a monogram.
"Why, it's Ozma's own royal chariot!" exclaimed Dorothy.
"Yes," said the Cowardly Lion; "Ozma sent us to meet you here, for she feared you
would be weary with your long walk and she wished you to enter the City in a style
becoming your exalted rank."
"What!" cried Polly, looking at Dorothy curiously. "Do you belong to the nobility?"
"Just in Oz I do," said the child, "'cause Ozma made me a Princess, you know. But when
I'm home in Kansas I'm only a country girl, and have to help with the churning and wipe
the dishes while Aunt Em washes 'em. Do you have to help wash dishes on the rainbow,
Polly?"
"No, dear," answered Polychrome, smiling.
"Well, I don't have to work any in Oz, either," said Dorothy. "It's kind of fun to be a
Princess once in a while; don't you think so?"
 
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