"We must be in the Country
of the Winkies, for the color of that country
is yellow, and you will notice that 'most everything here is yellow that has any color at all."
BEFORE WE ACCOMPANY Captain Bonneville into the Crow country
, we will impart a few facts about this wild region, and the wild people who inhabit it.
Just as he liked and praised a country
life in comparison with the life he did not like, so too he liked the peasantry in contradistinction to the class of men he did not like, and so too he knew the peasantry as something distinct from and opposed to men generally.
I may mention, as a proof how cheap everything is in this country
, that I paid only two dollars a day, or eight shillings, for two men, together with a troop of about a dozen riding-horses.
I could not but feel great satisfaction that I was arrived in a country
governed by Christians; for though the Muscovites do, in my opinion, but just deserve the name of Christians, yet such they pretend to be, and are very devout in their way.
I can remember a score of these country
girls who were in service in Black Hawk during the few years I lived there, and I can remember something unusual and engaging about each of them.
It is evident from the state of the country
, from the habits of the people, from the experience we have had on the point itself, that it is impracticable to raise any very considerable sums by direct taxation.
," said Darcy, "can in general supply but a few subjects for such a study.
Altogether there were more than half a million people in the Land of Oz--although some of them, as you will soon learn, were not made of flesh and blood as we are--and every inhabitant of that favored country
was happy and prosperous.
As they passed over the hill the Hammer-Heads yelled with vexation, and shot their heads high in the air, but they could not reach the Winged Monkeys, which carried Dorothy and her comrades safely over the hill and set them down in the beautiful country
of the Quadlings.
I believe this to be the case almost throughout the country
, but each has a special attraction, and none can be richer than the one I am speaking of and going to introduce you to very particularly, for on this subject I must be prosy; so those that don't care for England in detail may skip the chapter.
But now Ozma has made her a Princess, and Dorothy's Aunt Em and Uncle Henry are here, too." Here the Shaggy Man uttered a long sigh, and then he continued: "It's a queer country
, this Land of Oz; but I like it, nevertheless."