At first, indeed, His Majesty thought his queer visitor was laughing at him, and was inclined to resent such a liberty; but it was not without reason that the Scarecrow had attained the reputation of being the wisest personage in the Land of Oz.
That is unfortunate, certainly," said the Scarecrow, thoughtfully.
So the Scarecrow commanded the Soldier with the Green Whiskers to search among his people until he found one who understood the language of the Gillikins as well as the language of the Emerald City, and to bring that person to him at once.
The Scarecrow came out to meet them and gave them all a hearty welcome.
Well," said the Scarecrow, "it certainly looks bad for Ozma, and all of us.
Nevertheless," said the Scarecrow, "I shall go with you to the Emerald City and offer Ozma my services.
The Scarecrow wore the blue dress of the Munchkins, in which country he was made, and on his head was set a peaked hat with a flat brim trimmed with tinkling bells.
The Munchkin farmer who had made the Scarecrow had neglected to sew him together with close stitches and therefore some of the straw with which he was stuffed was inclined to stick out between the seams.
As the Scarecrow came in sight of the party of travelers, he reined in his wooden steed and dismounted, greeting the Shaggy Man with a smiling nod.
Tell me something about yourself and the country you came from," said the Scarecrow, when she had finished her dinner.
The Scarecrow listened carefully, and said, "I cannot understand why you should wish to leave this beautiful country and go back to the dry, gray place you call Kansas.
The Scarecrow looked at her reproachfully, and answered:
They came quite close to the front door of the palace and then halted, the Scarecrow dismounting from his Saw-Horse to approach the sign fastened to the door, that he might read what it said.
asked the Scarecrow, tipping his head to look upward until he nearly lost his balance and tumbled over backward.
You seem to be quite safe now," replied the Scarecrow.