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The Tin Woodman of Oz

24. The Curtain Falls
Well, the rest of the story is quickly told, for the return Journey of our adventurers was
without any important incident. The Scarecrow was so afraid of meeting the Hip-po-gy-
raf, and having his straw eaten again, that he urged his comrades to select another route to
the Emerald City, and they willingly consented, so that the Invisible Country was wholly
avoided.
Of course, when they reached the Emerald City their first duty was to visit Ozma's
palace, where they were royally entertained. The Tin Soldier and Woot the Wanderer
were welcomed as warmly as any strangers might be who had been the traveling
companions of Ozma's dear old friends, the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman.
At the banquet table that evening they related the manner in which they had discovered
Nimmie Amee, and told how they had found her happily married to Chopfyt, whose
relationship to Nick Chopper and Captain Fyter was so bewildering that they asked
Ozma's advice what to do about it.
"You need not consider Chopfyt at all," replied the beautiful girl Ruler of Oz. "If Nimmie
Amee is content with that misfit man for a husband, we have not even just cause to blame
Ku-Klip for gluing him together."
"I think it was a very good idea," added little Dorothy, "for if Ku-Klip hadn't used up
your castoff parts, they would have been wasted. It's wicked to be wasteful, isn't it?"
"Well, anyhow," said Woot the Wanderer, "Chopfyt, being kept a prisoner by his wife, is
too far away from anyone to bother either of you tin men in any way. If you hadn't gone
where he is and discovered him, you would never have worried about him."
"What do you care, anyhow," Betsy Bobbin asked the Tin Woodman, "so long as
Nimmie Amee is satisfied?"
"And just to think," remarked Tiny Trot, "that any girl would rather live with a mixture
like Chopfyt, on far-away Mount Munch, than to be the Empress of the Winkies!"
"It is her own choice," said the Tin Woodman contentedly; "and, after all, I'm not sure the
Winkies would care to have an Empress."
It puzzled Ozma, for a time, to decide what to do with the Tin Soldier. If he went with the
Tin Woodman to the Emperor's castle, she felt that the two tin men might not be able to
live together in harmony, and moreover the Emperor would not be so distinguished if he
had a double constantly beside him. So she asked Captain Fyter if he was willing to serve
her as a soldier, and he promptly declared that nothing would please him more. After he
had been in her service for some time, Ozma sent him into the Gillikin Country, with
instructions to keep order among the wild people who inhabit some parts of that unknown
country of Oz.
 
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