Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 14:58:18 -0500
From: "Nathan DeHoff" <fablesto at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Regalia] gingerbread
On Feb 13, 2008 11:44 AM, Ruth Berman <berma005 at umn.edu> wrote:
> Baum has a minor glitch of continuity when John lands on the Isle of Phreex.
> and gets into conversation with one of the inventors there without stopping
> for them to exchange names, yet the inventor, soon after, addresses him as
> "John Dough." I wonder if there was an earlier version where they did
> introduce themselves (if I'm remembering correctly, we don't find out the
> name of this first inventor), and Baum decided it slowed down the action and
> cut it out.
That's possible. Another glitch I've noticed is how, even though only
John can talk to Para Bruin during the episode on the Isle of Mifkets,
Para can communicate quite well with everybody on the pirate island
and Hiland/Loland. We could perhaps assume that these areas, like Oz,
allow animals to speak, but this is never specifically stated.
> It's fun to have a 4th-of-July rocket used as the means of getting John off
> into — whatever world that is that includes all those magic islands. (Baum
> made it part of the Oz world in "Road" two years later, and I suppose he
> could have been thinking from the start that it was, but he didn't say so in
> "John Dough," and it wasn't until the "Tik-Tok" map that he set out — with
> some difficulty — to fit John's islands onto it.)
His decision to attach Hiland and Loland to the mainland is a direct
contradiction to the text of JOHN DOUGH, which Haff and Martin tried
to remedy by putting a narrow strip of water around the sides (aside
from the eastern one, which they had border on the Nonestic Ocean).
It's interesting that the United States of JOHN DOUGH not only has the
Elixir of Life working, but also a witch who sells transportation
powders. The Oz books have the occasional magical talisman (the Love
Magnet, for instance) operating in the Great Outside World, but I
don't think they place practicing magic-workers in civilized
countries. As John Bell has pointed out, the picture painted of magic
in JOHN DOUGH lines up better with some of the American Fairy Tales
and other "urban comedies."
Ozma and Oz Forever,
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