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The Wizard wasn't just trying to frighten them; he was trying to appear mysterious and inscrutable. The Scarecrow, who didn't have any brains, could not understand a wise and powerful woman. When he told his friends about her, the Tin Woodsman wasn't too worried; he'd been engaged before. But the Wizard appeared to him in a different shape: a great monster....


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A possible common source for the idea of it being pleasant to look at things through emeralds is a passage in Pliny the Elder: The third rank [of precious stones], for many reasons, has been given to the smaragdus. Indeed there is no stone, the colour of which is more delightful to the eye; for whereas the sight fixes itself with avidity upon the green ...


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Politics in Oz The whole idea of politics in Oz has been around for a while. Baum himself was asked whether his stories had hidden meanings, but he always replied that they were written to "please children". says the Wikipedia article, and the book it cites, Oz in Perspective: Magic and Myth in the L. Frank Baum Books, agrees, but then goes on to say ...


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