Marie, Alice, Dorothy, Wendy

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Marie, Alice, Dorothy, Wendy
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Mon, 02-03-2014 - 12:46pm

      Marie is from the story “Nußknacker und Mausekönig” ("Nutcracker and King of Mice") by E. T. A. Hoffmann (first published in 1816)

      Alice is from the story “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll (first published in 1865)

      Dorothy is from the story ”The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum (first published in 1900)

      Wendy is from the story “Peter and Wendy” by J. M. Barrie (first published in 1911)

      What I feel connects these four literary personages is that they are all girls who, within their stories, experience fantastic “adventures” by going on fantastic voyages.  For various reasons these stories interest me and I plan to use this thread to post my feelings and thoughts regarding these stories and what I understand about the history of these stories.  I realize that there is a board dealing with young adult stories, but I feel it is hidden and in the best of circumstances it seems to me that not many people visit these boards.  Further, while the stories may generally be considered to be children’s stories, they also could be enjoyed by adults and despite being an adult I do enjoy them.

      Tom,

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Wed, 03-05-2014 - 1:45pm

       Countries of Oz

      Most people know of the Munchkins and that the color of the Emerald City is green, but there is a good deal more than that.  At the time Dorothy first arrives in Oz, in the book, there are five countries and each country is associated with a different color.  First in the east is the Munchkin Country and the favorite color of the Munchkins is blue.  That is their clothes and houses are blue and the landscape is even blue.  Up until Dorothy’s house fell on her the Wicked Witch of the East ruled the Munchkins.  To the west where the Wick Witch of the West ruled was the country of the Winkies whose favorite color was yellow.  Then to the south is the Quadling Country.  The favorite color of the Quadings is red and they were ruled by Glinda, the good witch of the south.  In the north is the country of the Gillikins.  Their favorite color is purple and they were ruled by the Good Witch of the North.  Finally there is the Emerald City in the center of Oz, which at the time Dorothy arrived was ruled by the Wizard.  The color of the Emerald City and its people is green.

      Also, as many people may know, in the movie Dorothy’s slippers, the one she gets from the Wicked Witch of the East are ruby colored, but in the book they are silver.

      Tom,

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