We must cross this strange place in order to get to the other side,
said Dorothy, for it would be unwise for us to go any other way except
They began walking through the country of the china people, and the
first thing they came to was a china milkmaid milking a china cow. As they
drew near, the cow suddenly gave a kick and kicked over the stool, the
pail, and even the milkmaid herself, and all fell on the china ground with
a great clatter.
Dorothy was shocked to see that the cow had broken her leg off, and
that the pail was lying in several small pieces, while the poor milkmaid
had a nick in her left elbow.
No one did so much as look at the travelers at first, except one
little purple china dog with an extra-large head, which came to the wall
and barked at them in a tiny voice, afterwards running away again.
How shall we get down? asked Dorothy.
They found the ladder so heavy they could not pull it up, so the
Scarecrow fell off the wall and the others jumped down upon him so that
the hard floor would not hurt their feet. Of course they took pains not to
light on his head and get the pins in their feet. When all were safely
down they picked up the Scarecrow, whose body was quite flattened out, and
patted his straw into shape again.