"For the second time?" asked the Wizard, with great interest.
"But we do not wish to intrude, I assure you," the Wizard hastened to say.
"Thank you!" cried the Wizard, joyfully, and at once rubbed a leaf upon the soles of Dorothy's shoes and then upon his own.
The Wizard opened his satchel and got out some sticking-plaster with which he mended the cuts Jim had received from the claws of the bears.
"That is true," agreed the Wizard, "and as the river seems to be flowing in the direction of the Pyramid Mountain it will be the easiest way for us to travel."
Upon Dee's departure the mob, believing him a wizard, broke into his house, and' destroyed a quantity of furniture and books and his chemical apparatus.
Oh, I'm a Wizard; you may be sure of that.
This the Wizard placed underneath his hat and made a mystic sign above it.
"Who is this?" asked the Wizard, curiously.
"Probably not," declared the Wizard, nodding.
I think I shall keep this Wizard until a new Sorcerer is ready to pick, for he seems quite skillful and may be of use to us.
She was not at all heavy, so the Wizard and Dorothy managed to lift her gently to the ground.
"We salute your Royal Highness!" cried the Wizard, kneeling and kissing her hand.
In the strict sense of the word I am not a Wizard, but only a humbug.
"Dear me!" murmured the Wizard, looking at his pets in astonishment.
Then the Wizard bent a pin for a hook and took a long piece of string from his pocket for a fish-line.
The Wizard carried his satchel, which was quite heavy, and Zeb carried the two lanterns and the oil can.
"Stop, I command you!" cried the Wizard, in an angry tone, and at once began pulling down the rocks to liberate Jim and the piglets.
"All right," said the Wizard; "I'm with you, whatever you decide.
So he carried the lantern back for quite a distance, while Dorothy and the Wizard followed at his side.
"It wouldn't be so bad," remarked the Wizard, gazing around him, "if we were obliged to live here always.
Several squeals and grunts were instantly heard at his feet, but the Wizard could not discover a single piglet.
The Wizard got out his sword at once, and Zeb grabbed the horse-whip.
As the little Wizard turned to follow them he felt a hot breath against his cheek and heard a low, fierce growl.
"You'll have to make a dash, Jim," said the Wizard, "and run as fast as you can go."
His boney legs moved so fast they could scarcely be seen, and the Wizard clung fast to the seat and yelled "Whoa!" at the top of his voice.
So they began to ascend the stairs, Dorothy and the Wizard first, Jim next, drawing the buggy, and then Zeb to watch that nothing happened to the harness.
The light was dim, and soon they mounted into total darkness, so that the Wizard was obliged to get out his lanterns to light the way.
"Have you a factory in this place?" asked the Wizard, who had been examining the strange personage carefully.
Please, Mr. Wizard, may I eat just one of the fat little piglets?
"But only for a time," replied the Wizard, shaking his head gloomily.
Just as good a Wizard as you are a Sorcerer.
"Ahem!" said the Wizard, "will somebody please loan me a handkerchief?"
The Wizard reached out, caught the wee creature in his hand, and holding its head between one thumb and finger and its tail between the other thumb and finger he pulled it apart, each of the two parts becoming a whole and separate piglet in an instant.
"He will not be a wonderful Wizard long," remarked Gwig.
He began making queer signs and passes toward the Wizard; but the little man did not watch him long.
"Why, he's vegetable!" cried the Wizard, astonished.
"What do you mean by that?" asked the little Wizard, greatly puzzled.
"It's violet," said the Wizard, who was in the buggy.
The children, feeling sad and despondent, were about to follow him when the Wizard touched Dorothy softly on her shoulder.
No one now seemed to pay any attention to the strangers, so Dorothy and Zeb and the Wizard let the train pass on and then wandered by themselves into the vegetable gardens.
"They are from the Island of Teenty-Weent," said the Wizard, "where everything is small because it's a small island.