Oct 20, 2010

Chapter19 Attacked by the Fighting Trees

They set out from the Emerald City, and embarked on an adventurous journey again. At first the weather was nice, the landscape was good, they kept going vigorously and jovially. And then, they finally arrived at a deep forest. The Fighting Trees were there.

The Woodman cut the boughs and branches to go through the forest...I don't understand how he could do it in spite of his kind heart. The Fighting Trees attacked Dorothy's party not because they were mean-spirited, but because they just wanted to protect their tribe. The Woodman was relentless, wasn't he? Though one of the Trees started to shake all of its branches as if in pain, the Woodman didn't seem to care. Do you remember the lynx which attacked the queen of the mice? To the lynx and these trees, the Woodman didn't have any pity...because he thought they were evil?

But...I get turned off by the Woodman when he intentionally cried "I can't do that because I have a kind heart."

Why didn't he say anything to the lynx or the trees before he chopped them down? The Woodman is very kind to his companions, but he is very ruthless to his enemies.

After they went through the woods, they found a high white china wall. Again, the Woodman cut the trees and made a ladder for his companions. It's very nice for Dorothy and her companions, but for the tribe of the Fighting Trees...they at least were not pleasant, I think.


  1. You may find my first book, Magician of Oz very interesting since it deals with the aftermath of this very battle.
    Turns out the Fighting trees have a long memory.

    Here's the book description from Amazon.com

    Life in Indiana was quite the adventure for young Jamie Diggs and his parents. After a tumultuous move from Kansas, Jamie explores the covered bridges, forests and cemeteries of rural Indiana where he discovers the ways of the Hoosiers. When his parents bring up an old humpback trunk from their basement, Jamie discovers his magical heritage lurking inside. Jamie learns the ways of magic from a local magic club, meets Tree-In-The-Road, gathers Morel mushrooms for his mother's legendary potato soup and discovers his great grandfather, the original Wizard of Oz's sentry stone. He soon finds himself transported to the Land of Oz where he must face the wrath of the Fighting Trees who have grown bitter after their defeat at the hands of the Tin Woodman so long ago. In this compelling tale of fantasy and adventure in the Land of Oz, the young magician discovers new friends along the way, conquers his fears and battles the oncoming wave of trees and mushrooms alongside Dorothy and Toto.

  2. James C. Wallace II,
    Thank you for your comment. The Fighting trees have a long memory? It sounds very interesting. I'd like to read it someday.

  3. With the wildcat, I guess the Tin Woodman didn't feel he had enough time to think through what would be the most compassionate thing to do in the situation. The Fighting Trees are a different story, though. Maybe the Woodman isn't an antidendrite. {g}

  4. Nathan,
    Thank you for your comment.
    Haha, you must be right! In the wild cat situation, his priority was to protect the queen mouse:) But I still think he could say a word for the wildcat after he attacked it;P
    About the Fighting Trees, do you mean the Woodman likes trees? Maybe you wanted to say he hates trees? Sorry, my English is not good.

  5. I was jokingly suggesting that the Tin Woodman hates trees, but I don't think that's actually the case.

  6. Nathan,
    I knew it!:) Thank you for your explanation. Explaining jokes is not funny, isn't it? Sorry, and thank you:) The word "antidendrite" was difficult for me.