The Tin Woodman of Oz HTML version

8. The Menace of the Forest
"Quick!" cried Polychrome the Canary; "we must hurry, or Mrs. Yoop may find some
way to recapture us, even now. Let us get out of her Valley as soon as possible."
So they set off toward the east, moving as swiftly as they could, and for a long time they
could hear the yells and struggles of the imprisoned Giantess. The Green Monkey could
run over the ground very swiftly, and he carried with him the bird-cage containing
Polychrome the Rain-bow's Daughter. Also the Tin Owl could skip and fly along at a
good rate of speed, his feathers rattling against one another with a tinkling sound as he
moved. But the little Brown Bear, being stuffed with straw, was a clumsy traveler and the
others had to wait for him to follow.
However, they were not very long in reaching the ridge that led out of Mrs. Yoop's
Valley, and when they had passed this ridge and descended into the next valley they
stopped to rest, for the Green Monkey was tired.
"I believe we are safe, now," said Polychrome, when her cage was set down and the
others had all gathered around it, "for Mrs. Yoop dares not go outside of her own Valley,
for fear of being captured by her enemies. So we may take our time to consider what to
do next."
"I'm afraid poor Mrs. Yoop will starve to death, if no one lets her out of her bedroom,"
said Woot, who had a heart as kind as that of the Tin Woodman. "We've taken her Magic
Apron away, and now the doors will never open."
"Don't worry about that," advised Polychrome. "Mrs. Yoop has plenty of magic left to
console her."
"Are you sure of that?" asked the Green Monkey.
"Yes, for I've been watching her for weeks," said the Canary. "She has six magic
hairpins, which she wears in her hair, and a magic ring which she wears on her thumb
and which is invisible to all eyes except those of a fairy, and magic bracelets on both her
ankles. So I am positive that she will manage to find a way out of her prison."
"She might transform the door into an archway," suggested the little Brown Bear.
"That would be easy for her," said the Tin Owl; "but I'm glad she was too angry to think
of that before we got out of her Valley."
"Well, we have escaped the big woman, to be sure," remarked the Green Monkey, "but
we still wear the awful forms the cruel yookoohoo gave us. How are we going to get rid
of these shapes, and become ourselves again?"