The Emerald City of Oz

By L. Frank Baum; John R. Neill | Go to book overview

CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT
HOW THEY DRANK AT THE
FORBIDDEN FOUNTAIN

THE Scarecrow had no need to sleep; neither had the Tin Woodman or Tiktok or Jack Pumpkinhead. So they all wandered out into the palace grounds and stood beside the sparkling water of the Forbidden Fountain until daybreak. During this time they indulged in occasional conversation. "Nothing could make me forget what I know," remarked the Scarecrow, gazing into the fountain, "for I cannot drink the Water of Oblivion or water of any kind. And I am glad that this is so, for I consider my wisdom unexcelled."

"You are cer-tain-ly-ye-ry wise," agreed Tiktok. "For my part, I can on-ly think by ma-chin-er-y, so I do not pretend to know as much as you do."

"My tin brains are very bright, but that is all I claim for them," said Nick Chopper, modestly. "Yet I do not aspire

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