Tik-Tok of Oz
7. Polychrome's Pitiful Plight
The Rain King got too much water in his basin and spilled some over the brim. That
made it rain in a certain part of the country--a real hard shower, for a time--and sent the
Rainbow scampering to the place to show the gorgeous colors of his glorious bow as
soon as the mist of rain had passed and the sky was clear.
The coming of the Rainbow is always a joyous event to earth folk, yet few have ever seen
it close by. Usually the Rainbow is so far distant that you can observe its splendid hues
but dimly, and that is why we seldom catch sight of the dancing Daughters of the
In the barren country where the rain had just fallen there appeared to be no human beings
at all; but the Rainbow appeared, just the same, and dancing gayly upon its arch were the
Rainbow's Daughters, led by the fairylike Polychrome, who is so dainty and beautiful that
no girl has ever quite equalled her in loveliness.
Polychrome was in a merry mood and danced down the arch of the bow to the ground,
daring her sisters to follow her. Laughing and gleeful, they also touched the ground with
their twinkling feet; but all the Daughters of the Rainbow knew that this was a dangerous
pastime, so they quickly climbed upon their bow again.
All but Polychrome. Though the sweetest and merriest of them all, she was likewise the
most reckless. Moreover, it was an unusual sensation to pat the cold, damp earth with her
rosy toes. Before she realized it the bow had lifted and disappeared in the billowy blue
sky, and here was Polychrome standing helpless upon a rock, her gauzy draperies floating
about her like brilliant cobwebs and not a soul--fairy or mortal--to help her regain her lost
"Dear me!" she exclaimed, a frown passing across her pretty face, "I'm caught again. This
is the second time my carelessness has left me on earth while my sisters returned to our
Sky Palaces. The first time I enjoyed some pleasant adventures, but this is a lonely,
forsaken country and I shall be very unhappy until my Rainbow comes again and I can
climb aboard. Let me think what is best to be done."
She crouched low upon the flat rock, drew her draperies about her and bowed her head.
It was in this position that Betsy Bobbin spied Polychrome as she came along the stony
path, followed by Hank, the Princess and Shaggy. At once the girl ran up to the radiant
Daughter of the Rainbow and exclaimed:
"Oh, what a lovely, lovely creature!"
Polychrome raised her golden head. There were tears in her blue eyes.
"I'm the most miserable girl in the whole world!" she sobbed.
The others gathered around her.
"Tell us your troubles, pretty one," urged the Princess.