The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Lyman Frank Baum
Contributed by Sharon Fleming
Chapter 20

China walls seem endless to the travelers. The Woodman, therefore, builds a ladder to enable them to climb over it. The travelers are surprised with how the other side of the wall looks like. The other side has china houses and people who are not taller than Dorothys’ knee-length. The travelers jump over the wall and walk through the land. They, after that, meet a China princess whom Dorothy wishes to bring to Kansas. She refuses to say that anyone taken out of the China country becomes stiff and motionless. The travelers find out that they are out of place in the land and, therefore, decide to leave. 


Chapter 20 also seems to be out of place unlike the other parts of the book. The chapter begins with the visual pan showing “The Great Wall of China.” The request by Dorothy for the China Princess to come with her to Kansas also seems to be highly misplaced. The character of Dorothy as shown in other parts of the book does not seem to be one who would collect strangers from Oz and bring them to Kansas.

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