- Physical description: She looks just like Hollywood actress Judy Garland at age 17.
- Shoe size: Same as the Wicked Witch of the East’s.
- Social life: her dog Toto.
- Philosophy: “There’s no place like home.”
- Home: Kansas.
- Talents: “accidental” assassination, professional-level singing. She often breaks into song, which is odd in Kansas but not in Oz.
- Travels: A twister takes Gale, Toto and her house to Oz, circa 1915.
Kansas: a place where everything is a shade of brown, where much is owned by few (Almira Gulch owns half the county), a place of farms, fortune tellers, pigs, chickens, dirt roads and violent windstorms called twisters. North American English is the common tongue. Gale lives there on a farm with her aunt and uncle. Her aunt is Christian.
Oz: is clearly not Kansas, at least not in 1915. For one thing, there are more colours than just brown. But, going by the accents, it seems to be somewhere in North America. It may be far in the future since few have heard of Kansas.
- History: there are signs of:
- past ethnic cleansing: no Black people or anyone not White.
- past revolution: loss of democracy, rule by witches.
- past genetic engineering: flying monkeys, lions and trees that talk, a man made of straw, etc.
- extreme technological regress in transport: no cars or planes or even bicycles, much less regular bus service. Only witches can move faster than a horse, travelling by flying broomsticks and large bubbles.
- Government: ruled by witches: one in the south (Glinda), one in the east, one in the west and most likely one in the north. The Wizard lives in the Emerald City at the centre, but seems to have little power. He is certainly not as “great and powerful” as he claims.
- Economy: maize, opium, lollipops.
- Roads: The main road from Munchkinland in the East to the Emerald City is the Yellow Brick Road. It is little used but in good repair.
- Wildlife: lions and tigers and bears.
- The Wicked Witch of the East: when Gale arrived in Oz, her house fell in a ditch on top of the Wicked Witch of the East (pictured above). It made her a hero in Munchkinland.
- The Wicked Witch of the West: Gale threw a bucket of water to put out a fire. The water fell on the witch, melting her.
Gale maintains both were “accidents”, yet takes credit for the first, accepting honours from the Munchkins, and had agreed with the Wizard to carry out the second in exchange for passage back to Kansas.
Both the Wizard and Glinda used her. As it turns out, Gale could have gone back to Kansas at any time once Glinda had given her the Wicked Witch of the East’s magic ruby slippers. Glinda knew that – but did not tell her till after Gale had killed the other witch.
– Abagond, 2016.
Source: “The Wizard of Oz” (1939), fictional.
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