Only one place in the Land of Oz is fit to live in, and that's the Emerald City.
It wouldn't do to have everyone live in the Emerald City, you know, for some must plow the land and raise grains and fruits and vegetables, while others chop wood in the forests, or fish in the rivers, or herd the sheep and the cattle."
"There's a freedom and independence in country life that not even the Emerald City can give one.
And now they came in sight of the Emerald City, and the people flocked out to greet their lovely ruler.
The wealthiest and most important citizens of the Emerald City were proud to wait upon these famous adventurers, and they were assisted by a sprightly little maid named Jellia Jamb, whom the Scarecrow pinched upon her rosy cheeks and seemed to know very well.
But it is a long way to the Emerald City, and it will take you many days.
"My name is Dorothy," said the girl, "and I am going to the Emerald City, to ask the Great Oz to send me back to Kansas."
"Do you think," he asked, "if I go to the Emerald City with you, that Oz would give me some brains?"
The little man was clothed in black velvet, with many sparkling emerald ornaments decorating his breast; but his bald head and wrinkled features made him appear more amusing than impressive.
Ozma had been quite curious to meet the famous man who had built the Emerald City and united the Munchkins, Gillikins, Quadlings and Winkies into one people; so when they were all four seated at the dinner table the Princess said:
"After the Wizard was gone, the people of the Emerald
City made His Majesty, the Scarecrow, their King; "and I have heard that he became a very popular ruler."
right up to the Emerald City--and you will march your armies there and capture the whole country!"
"My Nomes are good fighters, but they are not strong enough to conquer the Emerald City."
"So she does; she rules the Emerald City and all the four countries of Oz; but each country has another little ruler, not so big as Ozma.
So let's thank the Truth Pond for being so nice, and start on our journey to the Emerald City."