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In for a Pinny Penny

Ruth Plumly Thompson’s The Wishing Horse of Oz introduces the Kingdom of Skampavia, a desert country adjacent to Noland that’s ruled by King Skamperoo. At the beginning of the story, he imposes taxes of one-third of his subjects’ earnings, and … Continue reading

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Wishing and Hoping

One common theme in fairy tales is an item or character who grants wishes. Honestly, I find this idea to be problematic, because they’re so ill-defined. Can a wishing item or creature grant ANY wish, or do they have limits? … Continue reading

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Magic vs. Military

As a nation, Oz doesn’t have much of a military force. It’s often stated that the Soldier with Green Whiskers is Ozma’s entire army, although we’re never told for sure what happened to the other officers and privates mentioned in … Continue reading

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