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The Tin Woodman of Oz

22. Nimmie Amee
We may be sure that at this moment our friends were all anxious to see the end of the
adventure that had caused them so many trials and troubles. Perhaps the Tin Woodman's
heart did not beat any faster, because it was made of red velvet and stuffed with sawdust,
and the Tin Soldier's heart was made of tin and reposed in his tin bosom without a hint of
emotion. However, there is little doubt that they both knew that a critical moment in their
lives had arrived, and that Nimmie Amee's decision was destined to influence the future
of one or the other.
As they assumed their natural sizes and the rhubarb leaves that had before towered above
their heads now barely covered their feet, they looked around the garden and found that
no person was visible save themselves. No sound of activity came from the house, either,
but they walked to the front door, which had a little porch built before it, and there the
two tinmen stood side by side while both knocked upon the door with their tin knuckles.
As no one seemed eager to answer the summons they knocked again; and then again.
Finally they heard a stir from within and someone coughed.
"Who's there?" called a girl's voice.
"It's I!" cried the tin twins, together.
"How did you get there?" asked the voice.
They hesitated how to reply, so Woot answered for them:
"By means of magic."
"Oh," said the unseen girl. "Are you friends, or foes?"
"Friends!" they all exclaimed.
Then they heard footsteps approach the door, which slowly opened and revealed a very
pretty Munchkin girl standing in the doorway.
"Nimmie Amee!" cried the tin twins.
"That's my name," replied the girl, looking at them in cold surprise. "But who can you
be?"
"Don't you know me, Nimmie?" said the Tin Woodman. "I'm your old sweetheart, Nick
Chopper!"
"Don't you know me, my dear?" said the Tin Soldier. "I'm your old sweetheart, Captain
Fyter!"
 
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