The Road to Oz HTML version

1. The Way to Butterfield
"Please, miss," said the shaggy man, "can you tell me the road to Butterfield?"
Dorothy looked him over. Yes, he was shaggy, all right, but there was a twinkle in his
eye that seemed pleasant.
"Oh yes," she replied; "I can tell you. But it isn't this road at all."
"You cross the ten-acre lot, follow the lane to the highway, go north to the five branches,
and take--let me see--"
"To be sure, miss; see as far as Butterfield, if you like," said the shaggy man.
"You take the branch next the willow stump, I b'lieve; or else the branch by the gopher
holes; or else--"
"Won't any of 'em do, miss?"
"'Course not, Shaggy Man. You must take the right road to get to Butterfield."
"And is that the one by the gopher stump, or--"
"Dear me!" cried Dorothy. "I shall have to show you the way, you're so stupid. Wait a
minute till I run in the house and get my sunbonnet."
The shaggy man waited. He had an oat-straw in his mouth, which he chewed slowly as if
it tasted good; but it didn't. There was an apple-tree beside the house, and some apples
had fallen to the ground. The shaggy man thought they would taste better than the oat-
straw, so he walked over to get some. A little black dog with bright brown eyes dashed
out of the farm-house and ran madly toward the shaggy man, who had already picked up
three apples and put them in one of the big wide pockets of his shaggy coat. The little dog
barked and made a dive for the shaggy man's leg; but he grabbed the dog by the neck and
put it in his big pocket along with the apples. He took more apples, afterward, for many
were on the ground; and each one that he tossed into his pocket hit the little dog
somewhere upon the head or back, and made him growl. The little dog's name was Toto,
and he was sorry he had been put in the shaggy man's pocket.
Pretty soon Dorothy came out of the house with her sunbonnet, and she called out:
"Come on, Shaggy Man, if you want me to show you the road to Butterfield." She
climbed the fence into the ten-acre lot and he followed her, walking slowly and stumbling