Forthwith there was heard a great buzzing in the air, and a swarm of black bees
came flying toward her.
''Go to the strangers and sting them to death!'' commanded the Witch, and the
bees turned and flew rapidly until they came to where Dorothy and her friends were
walking. But the Woodman had seen them coming, and the Scarecrow had decided what
''Take out my straw and scatter it over the little girl and the dog and the Lion,''
he said to the Woodman, ''and the bees cannot sting them.'' This the Woodman did,
and as Dorothy lay close beside the Lion and held Toto in her arms, the straw covered
The bees came and found no one but the Woodman to sting, so they flew at him
and broke off all their stings against the tin, without hurting the Woodman at all.
And as bees cannot live when their stings are broken that was the end of the black
bees, and they lay scattered thick about the Woodman, like little heaps of fine
Then Dorothy and the Lion got up, and the girl helped the Tin Woodman put the
straw back into the Scarecrow again, until he was as good as ever. So they started
upon their journey once more.
The Wicked Witch was so angry when she saw her black bees in little heaps like
fine coal that she stamped her foot and tore her hair and gnashed her teeth. And
then she called a dozen of her slaves, who were the Winkies, and gave them sharp
spears, telling them to go to the strangers and destroy them.
The Winkies were not a brave people, but they had to do as they were told. So
they marched away until they came near to Dorothy. Then the Lion gave a great roar
and sprang towards them, and the poor Winkies were so frightened that they ran back
as fast as they could.
When they returned to the castle the Wicked Witch beat them well with a strap,
and sent them back to their work, after which she sat down to think what she should
do next. She could not understand how all her plans to destroy these strangers had
failed; but she was a powerful Witch, as well as a wicked one, and she soon made
up her mind how to act.
There was, in her cupboard, a Golden Cap, with a circle of diamonds and rubies
running round it. This Golden Cap had a charm. Whoever owned it could call three
times upon the Winged Monkeys, who would obey any order they were given. But no
person could command these strange creatures more than three times. Twice already
the Wicked Witch had used the charm of the Cap. Once was when she had made the Winkies
her slaves, and set herself to rule over their country. The Winged Monkeys had helped
her do this. The second time was when she had fought against the Great Oz himself,
and driven him out of the land of the West. The Winged Monkeys had also helped her
in doing this. Only once more could she use this Golden Cap, for which reason she
did not like to do so until all her other powers were exhausted. But now that her
fierce wolves and her wild crows and her stinging bees were gone, and her slaves
had been scared away by the Cowardly Lion, she saw there was only one way left to
destroy Dorothy and her friends.
So the Wicked Witch took the Golden Cap from her cupboard and placed it upon
her head. Then she stood upon her left foot and said slowly:
''Ep-pe, pep-pe, kak-ke!''
Next she stood upon her right foot and said:
''Hil-lo, hol-lo, hel-lo!''
After this she stood upon both feet and cried in a loud voice:
''Ziz - zy, zuz - zy, zik!''
Now the charm began to work. The sky was darkened, and a low rumbling sound was
heard in the air. There was a rushing of many wings, a great chattering and laughing,
and the sun came out of the dark sky to show the Wicked Witch surrounded by a crowd
of monkeys, each with a pair of immense and powerful wings on his shoulders.
One, much bigger than the others, seemed to be their leader. He flew close to
the Witch and said, ''You have called us for the third and last time. What do you
''Go to the strangers who are within my land and destroy them all except the
Lion,'' said the Wicked Witch. ''Bring that beast to me, for I have a mind to harness
him like a horse, and make him work.''
''Your commands shall be obeyed,'' said the leader. Then, with a great deal of
chattering and noise, the Winged Monkeys flew away to the place where Dorothy and
her friends were walking.
Some of the Monkeys seized the Tin Woodman and carried him through the air until
they were over a country thickly covered with sharp rocks. Here they dropped the
poor Woodman, who fell a great distance to the rocks, where he lay so battered and
dented that he could neither move nor groan.
Others of the Monkeys caught the Scarecrow, and with their long fingers pulled
all of the straw out of his clothes and head. They made his hat and boots and clothes
into a small bundle and threw it into the top branches of a tall tree.
The remaining Monkeys threw pieces of stout rope around the Lion and wound many
coils about his body and head and legs, until he was unable to bite or scratch or
struggle in any way. Then they lifted him up and flew away with him to the Witch's
castle, where he was placed in a small yard with a high iron fence around it, so
that he could not escape.
But Dorothy they did not harm at all. She stood, with Toto in her arms, watching
the sad fate of her comrades and thinking it would soon be her turn. The leader
of the Winged Monkeys flew up to her, his long, hairy arms stretched out and his
ugly face grinning terribly; but he saw the mark of the Good Witch's kiss upon her
forehead and stopped short, motioning the others not to touch her.
''We dare not harm this little girl,'' he said to them, ''for she is protected
by the Power of Good, and that is greater than the Power of Evil. All we can do
is to carry her to the castle of the Wicked Witch and leave her there.''
So, carefully and gently, they lifted Dorothy in their arms and carried her swiftly
through the air until they came to the castle, where they set her down upon the
front doorstep. Then the leader said to the Witch:
''We have obeyed you as far as we were able. The Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow
are destroyed, and the Lion is tied up in your yard. The little girl we dare not
harm, nor the dog she carries in her arms. Your power over our band is now ended,
and you will never see us again.''
Then all the Winged Monkeys, with much laughing and chattering and noise, flew
into the air and were soon out of sight.
The Wicked Witch was both surprised and worried when she saw the mark on Dorothy's
forehead, for she knew well that neither the Winged Monkeys nor she, herself, dare
hurt the girl in any way. She looked down at Dorothy's feet, and seeing the Silver
Shoes, began to tremble with fear, for she knew what a powerful charm belonged to
them. At first the Witch was tempted to run away from Dorothy; but she happened
to look into the child's eyes and saw how simple the soul behind them was, and that
the little girl did not know of the wonderful power the Silver Shoes gave her. So
the Wicked Witch laughed to herself, and thought, ''I can still make her my slave,
for she does not know how to use her power.'' Then she said to Dorothy, harshly
''Come with me; and see that you mind everything I tell you, for if you do not
I will make an end of you, as I did of the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow.''
Dorothy followed her through many of the beautiful rooms in her castle until
they came to the kitchen, where the Witch bade her clean the pots and kettles and
sweep the floor and keep the fire fed with wood.
Dorothy went to work meekly, with her mind made up to work as hard as she could;
for she was glad the Wicked Witch had decided not to kill her.
With Dorothy hard at work, the Witch thought she would go into the courtyard
and harness the Cowardly Lion like a horse; it would amuse her, she was sure, to
make him draw her chariot whenever she wished to go to drive. But as she opened
the gate the Lion gave a loud roar and bounded at her so fiercely that the Witch
was afraid, and ran out and shut the gate again.
''If I cannot harness you,'' said the Witch to the Lion, speaking through the
bars of the gate, ''I can starve you. You shall have nothing to eat until you do
as I wish.''
So after that she took no food to the imprisoned Lion; but every day she came
to the gate at noon and asked, ''Are you ready to be harnessed like a horse?''
And the Lion would answer, ''No. If you come in this yard, I will bite you.''
The reason the Lion did not have to do as the Witch wished was that every night,
while the woman was asleep, Dorothy carried him food from the cupboard. After he
had eaten he would lie down on his bed of straw, and Dorothy would lie beside him
and put her head on his soft, shaggy mane, while they talked of their troubles and
tried to plan some way to escape. But they could find no way to get out of the castle,
for it was constantly guarded by the yellow Winkies, who were the slaves of the
Wicked Witch and too afraid of her not to do as she told them.
The girl had to work hard during the day, and often the Witch threatened to beat
her with the same old umbrella she always carried in her hand. But, in truth, she
did not dare to strike Dorothy, because of the mark upon her forehead. The child
did not know this, and was full of fear for herself and Toto. Once the Witch struck
Toto a blow with her umbrella and the brave little dog flew at her and bit her leg
in return. The Witch did not bleed where she was bitten, for she was so wicked that
the blood in her had dried up many years before.