Jan 17, 2009

Chapter5 The Rescue of the Tin Woodman

Next morning, Dorothy heard a groan in the midst of the woods. They found the Tin Woodman. And he became a member of the group. Again, Dorothy didn't say "I'd be glad if you would come with us" nor "You may join us because you look useful." Just "Do you want to go with us? OK, let's go." She was incredibly amiable and easygoing.

Then, the Tin Woodman told his life story to them. He seemed a really earnest good lad, taking over from his father, taking care of his mother, working hard for his girlfriend. Ummm, maybe a little too austere?

The Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman debated which was more important, brain or heart. That's a difficult question, isn't it?

Surprisingly, Dorothy's reaction to their argument was very cool and practical. She thought if she could only get back to Kansas, it did not matter so much whether the Woodman had no brains and the Scarecrow had no heart, or each got what he wanted. And she worried about the food which had been almost all eaten already. Maybe she didn't think they were traveling companions, but just happened to be traveling together.

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