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a tear from his eye. “But what can I do? I don’t have the nerve to act brave. I’m even afraid of my own shadow.” An embarrassing paroxysm of sobbing, briefly presaged by quivering shoulders, forced him to turn away from the group.

In sotto voce tones, the travelers agreed that, rather than chastise the Lion further, they should try to succor him in some way. Agreeing on a plan, they approached the Lion, told him about their trip, and invited him to join them in the hope that the Great Oz would give him some courage.

The Lion seemed afraid of meeting the Wizard, but with great resolve he said, “I must go with you, for living a life without courage is simply unbearable.” Dorothy was especially sanguine about having the Lion along because she knew that with his great roar he could keep away other wild beasts.

Once again the little company set off upon the journey to the Emerald City. All the rest of that day there was no other adventure to mar the peace of their travels—no other, that is, except when the Tin Woodman accidentally stepped on a tiny bug and killed it! He felt so bad that he cried until he rusted himself with his tears.

“You people with hearts,” the Tin Woodman said, after the Scarecrow had applied some oil to his mouth, “are lucky because you have something to guide you, and you’ll never do wrong. But I have no heart and so I have to be very careful.” And thereafter, the Tin Woodman, in an effort to expiate his offense, vigilantly looked down at the road as he walked and carefully stepped over every little bug he encountered along the way.

Chapter 6 “The Kalidahs”

As night fell, our little group decided to bivouac under a large tree in the forest. The Tin Woodman chopped a pile of wood with his axe and Dorothy built a fire, which warmed her. After she ate the last remaining smidgen of bread, she confided to the Scarecrow that she was thirsty and still a little hungry.

Assigning himself the task of procuring sustenance for the girl, he began foraging in the surrounding area for food and potable water. After not too long he spotted, next to a clear brook, a tree full of nuts. He culled the largest of them to fill Dorothy’s basket, then filled the hollow of a small, curved piece of tree bark with water.

When he returned and handed the food and drink to the child, she noticed that the nuts looked strange and prickly. Though normally not particularly fastidious about food, she was rather afraid to try them. She sipped some of the water; after a while she sipped some more. Then, with hunger winning out over caution, she cracked open one of the strange-looking shells. Taking a tentative taste of the kernel inside, she found it to be surprisingly palatable.

When Dorothy lay down to sleep, the Scarecrow covered her with dry leaves that kept her snug

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