The Road to Oz HTML version

9. Facing the Scoodlers
The country wasn't so pretty now. Before the travelers appeared a rocky plain covered
with hills on which grew nothing green. They were nearing some low mountains, too, and
the road, which before had been smooth and pleasant to walk upon, grew rough and
Button-Bright's little feet stumbled more than once, and Polychrome ceased her dancing
because the walking was now so difficult that she had no trouble to keep warm.
It had become afternoon, yet there wasn't a thing for their luncheon except two apples
which the shaggy man had taken from the breakfast table. He divided these into four
pieces and gave a portion to each of his companions. Dorothy and Button-Bright were
glad to get theirs; but Polly was satisfied with a small bite, and Toto did not like apples.
"Do you know," asked the Rainbow's Daughter, "if this is the right road to the Emerald
"No, I don't," replied Dorothy, "but it's the only road in this part of the country, so we
may as well go to the end of it."
"It looks now as if it might end pretty soon," remarked the shaggy man; "and what shall
we do if it does?"
"Don't know," said Button-Bright.
"If I had my Magic Belt," replied Dorothy, thoughtfully, "it could do us a lot of good just
"What is your Magic Belt?" asked Polychrome.
"It's a thing I captured from the Nome King one day, and it can do 'most any wonderful
thing. But I left it with Ozma, you know; 'cause magic won't work in Kansas, but only in
fairy countries."
"Is this a fairy country?" asked Button-Bright.
"I should think you'd know," said the little girl, gravely. "If it wasn't a fairy country you
couldn't have a fox head and the shaggy man couldn't have a donkey head, and the
Rainbow's Daughter would be invis'ble."
"What's that?" asked the boy.
"You don't seem to know anything, Button-Bright. Invis'ble is a thing you can't see."