“being revealed! Here is the cleverly written ‘tongue in cheek’ (jewel-hidden-in-lotus?) passage in which this occurs –

He [the Wizard] went to a cupboard and reaching up to a high shelf took down a square green bottle, the contents of which he poured into a green-gold dish, beautifully carved. Placing this before the Cowardly Lion, who snitted at it as if he did not like it, the Wizard said,


‘What is it?’ asked the Lion.

‘Well,’ answered Oz, ‘if it were inside of you, it would be courage. You know, of course, that courage is always inside one; so that this really cannot be called courage until you have swallowed it. Therefore I advise you to drink it as soon as possible’. (Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz, 1900, New York, Dover Publications, page 199)

Like the Scarecrow and the Lion, the Tin Woodman also displays the quality which he believes himself to lack. And like them, he nevertheless desperately pursues it. But the reader is in a position to see that despite the fear that he is heartless, the Woodman has deep and subtle feeling. Upon meeting up with Dorothy after having become estranged from her, for example, it is said that he is ‘so pleased that he weeps tears of joy’.

Dorothy herself, who throughout the entire tale keeps one goal upermost in her mind – the return to Kansas – discovers near the end of the story that all along she had the tool that could transport her home, the Silver Slippers that she won from the Wicked Witch immediately upon arriving in her dreamland fantasy-world. All she would have had to do is tap her heels three times 1, and in a vorticular whorl 2 that resembles the cyclone that cast her out of Kansas at the beginning of the tale, she’d be home. In the movie version, upon arriving back in Kansas, Dorothy recognizes in her relatives all of the characters who were her companions in the ‘other’ world, the world of Oz.


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