The Magic of Oz HTML version
The Isle of the Magic Flower
The Glass Cat was a good guide and led Trot and Cap'n Bill by straight and easy
paths through all the settled part of the Munchkin Country, and then into the north
section where there were few houses, and finally through a wild country where
there were no houses or paths at all. But the walking was not difficult and at last
they came to the edge of a forest and stopped there to make camp and sleep
From branches of trees Cap'n Bill made a tiny house that was just big enough for
the little girl to crawl into and lie down. But first they ate some of the food Trot
had carried in the basket.
"Don't you want some, too?" she asked the Glass Cat.
"No," answered the creature.
"I suppose you'll hunt around an' catch a mouse," remarked Cap'n Bill.
"Me? Catch a mouse! Why should I do that?" inquired the Glass Cat.
"Why, then you could eat it," said the sailor-man.
"I beg to inform you," returned the crystal tabby, "that I do not eat mice. Being
transparent, so anyone can see through me, I'd look nice, wouldn't I, with a
common mouse inside me? But the fact is that I haven't any stomach or other
machinery that would permit me to eat things. The careless magician who made
me didn't think I'd need to eat, I suppose."
"Don't you ever get hungry or thirsty?" asked Trot.
"Never. I don't complain, you know, at the way I'm made, for I've never yet seen
any living thing as beautiful as I am. I have the handsomest brains in the world.
They're pink, and you can see 'em work."
"I wonder," said Trot thoughtfully, as she ate her bread and jam, "if MY brains
whirl around in the same way yours do."
"No; not the same way, surely," returned the Glass Cat; "for, in that case, they'd
be as good as MY brains, except that they're hidden under a thick, boney skull."
"Brains," remarked Cap'n Bill, "is of all kinds and work different ways. But I've
noticed that them as thinks that their brains is best is often mistook."