Dorothy and her friends set of the next morning. They leave Emerald City as they head down towards the Land of the South. They travel well on the first day. One the second day, they reach a place that has thick wood. The Scarecrow tries to direct the travelers, but branches twine him all of a sudden and throw him to the ground. The Woodman rescues the Scarecrow by chopping the branch. The travelers manage to run past the trees shaking and find themselves blocked by a wall made of China.
There is a question on why the trees do not want Dorothy and her friends to pass. Baum does not offer any explanation to the effect. As a result, he ends up making the chapter seem meaningless. Baum also introduces the concept of trees that can talk, move and feel pain, a feature that is common in folktales.