The Road to Oz HTML version
6. The City Of Beasts
When noon came they opened the Fox-King's basket of luncheon, and found a nice
roasted turkey with cranberry sauce and some slices of bread and butter. As they sat on
the grass by the roadside the shaggy man cut up the turkey with his pocket-knife and
passed slices of it around.
"Haven't you any dewdrops, or mist-cakes, or cloudbuns?" asked Polychrome, longingly.
"'Course not," replied Dorothy. "We eat solid things, down here on the earth. But there's a
bottle of cold tea. Try some, won't you?"
The Rainbow's Daughter watched Button-Bright devour one leg of the turkey.
"Is it good?" she asked.
"Do you think I could eat it?"
"Not this," said Button-Bright.
"But I mean another piece?"
"Don't know," he replied.
"Well, I'm going to try, for I'm very hungry," she decided, and took a thin slice of the
white breast of turkey which the shaggy man cut for her, as well as a bit of bread and
butter. When she tasted it Polychrome thought the turkey was good--better even than
mist-cakes; but a little satisfied her hunger and she finished with a tiny sip of cold tea.
"That's about as much as a fly would eat," said Dorothy, who was making a good meal
herself. "But I know some people in Oz who eat nothing at all."
"Who are they?" inquired the shaggy man.
"One is a scarecrow who's stuffed with straw, and the other a woodman made out of tin.
They haven't any appetites inside of 'em, you see; so they never eat anything at all."
"Are they alive?" asked Button-Bright.
"Oh yes," replied Dorothy; "and they're very clever and very nice, too. If we get to Oz I'll
introduce them to you."
"Do you really expect to get to Oz?" inquired the shaggy man, taking a drink of cold tea.